By Taylor Caldwell
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Publish 12 months note: First released 1965
The spirit of historic Rome in its final days of glory. The hero of the tale, the fellow referred to as "a pillar of iron" is Marcus Tullius Cicero, the lawyer-statesman who attempted vainly to avoid wasting the republic he enjoyed from the forces of tyranny. Unfolding listed below are the non-public dramas at the back of the good Roman hero's triumphs and defeats - and the intimate, deeply relocating tale of his determined love affair with the gorgeous Livia.
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The physician stood at the head of the bed and looked helpless. "Helvia," said M. Tulhus. He understood, vaguely, that it was the part of the husband to leap to his wife's side on these momentous occasions, take her hand, reassure her, and ofi^er up a prayer in her behalf. Helvia frowned. "There is a difiFerence of three sesterces," she said, in her hearty young voice. "Oh, gods," muttered the old father. He looked at the small statue of Juno before which three votive lights were burning. "Your bookkeeper is either illiterate or a thief, Marcus," said Helvia to her husband.
The stone of the floor struck even through M. Tullius' thick leather shoes, and cold appeared to blast from the plastered white walls. Helvia was never chilly, being always in the most robust of health. Three young female slaves were standing near the window and aimlessly rearranging the blue wool curtains, and the midwife was dropping a handful of wood chips on the little brazier. The room was stark, modestly furnished, and dominated by a plain wooden bed. In the bed, with her account books all about her sat Helvia, a pillow at her back.
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A Pillar of Iron by Taylor Caldwell