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By Margaret Laurence

ISBN-10: 1551993767

ISBN-13: 9781551993768

The radical follows schoolteacher Rachel Cameron via a summer season affair and its outcomes on her existence. even if Rachel is in her 30's, the publication serves to record a moment youth as she involves realize herself because the grownup to her getting older mom.

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Three months after the wedding she gave birth to a second son, Drusus; her firstborn, Tiberius, was then four years old. Both boys joined their mother in Octavian’s house after their father died; Nero had named him as the boys’ guardian in his will. Perhaps Nero sensed that such a close link with Octavian represented the best possible improvement of their political prospects, but it could never have entered his mind that 52 years later his elder son would become ruler of the Roman Empire. The path to that rank, at the side of Octavian, the later Augustus, would be long, and filled with both honors and humiliations.

It was another bow to tradition. Antony wanted the war to be fought in Italy – so that was precisely what Octavian had to prevent. Early in 31 bc Octavian and Agrippa scored a preliminary victory by successfully ferrying their troops across the Adriatic. The bulk of the eastern forces’ army and navy were assembled around the Gulf of Ambracia in northwestern Greece; smaller detachments were positioned to keep the crucial passages to Egypt open. Agrippa rapidly overpowered them, cutting off Antony and Cleopatra’s main force from its supply routes.

The Triumvirate Lucius Antonius out of consideration for his powerful brother in the East, but he had the citizens of Perusia massacred, and showed no mercy to the Roman senators and knights who had sought safety in the town. It is reported that he gave orders for 300 of them to be executed on March 15, the anniversary of Caesar’s assassination, at an altar to the deified Julius Caesar outside the walls of the town. Octavian bore the onus of this butchery for a long time; the Augustan poet Propertius is only one of the writers who condemned the triumvir and lamented the victims.

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