The Daughters of Palatine Hill

  • by Phyllis T. Smith
  • Narrated by Cristina Panfilio, Joyce Bean, Amy McFadden
  • 11 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Two years after Emperor Augustus's bloody defeat of Mark Antony and Cleopatra, he triumphantly returns to Rome. To his only child, Julia, he brings an unlikely companion - Selene, the daughter of the conquered Egyptian queen and her lover.
Under the watchful eye of Augustus's wife, Livia, Selene struggles to accept her new home among her parents' enemies. Bound together by kinship and spilled blood, these three women - Livia, Selene, and Julia - navigate the dangerous world of Rome's ruling elite, their every move a political strategy, their most intimate decisions in the emperor's hands.
Always suppressing their own desires for the good of Rome, each must fulfill her role. For astute Livia, this means unwavering fidelity to her all-powerful husband; for sensual Julia, surrender to an arranged marriage and denial of her craving for love and the pleasures of the flesh; for orphaned Selene, choosing between loyalty to her family's killers and her wish for revenge.
Can they survive Rome's deadly intrigues, or will they be swept away by the perilous currents of the world's most powerful empire?


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This was so well-written; I was captivated fairly quickly. The book has three voices and each narrator did such a great job that I was frozen in place listening for what came next. The author did a splendid job; great research and fantastic characterizations - it was almost as if the characters were standing in front of me, performing just for me. At the end, my throat swelled up & it was all I could do to not to spill over in tears. This is a fantastic book!
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- Cat Maclachlan

Very Enjoyable....

I have read several different books on these women. This one gave me a different look on each. I very much enjoyed this book and recommend it to all who like this time in history.
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- Kim S.

Book Details

  • Release Date: 02-16-2016
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio