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By Taylor Caldwell

ISBN-10: 0385053037

ISBN-13: 9780385053037

Filenote: PDF is searchable photo ocr, 680 pages with front/back cover
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.

Tullius thought of nobility of soul, nf regnlifv of spirit. ' said Tullius. ltng. He ami Lira tum«l l>rr Furv's hi-iid iuid (t>riiprevsi'rgaii to of glee, A i8 Pillar of Iron who was embracing his hand on the child's damp curls. He longed to be alone with his son and kiss him as no stalwart Roman should kiss a child, particularly a male child, and he wanted to press liim to liis narrow breast and pray for him silently as he held him.

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