The Daughters of Palatine Hill by Phyllis T. Smith

The Daughters of Palatine Hill

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 Jul...

Details The Daughters of Palatine Hill

TitleThe Daughters of Palatine Hill
Release DateFeb 16th, 2016
PublisherLake Union Publishing
GenreHistorical, Historical Fiction, Fiction

Reviews The Daughters of Palatine Hill

  • Malia
    4.5 starsI don't know why it took me this long to read this book after I read and enjoyed I Am Livia by the author, but I am glad I finally did! I recently visited Rome and as we walked on the Palatine Hill and forum, I thought I wanted to read some historical fiction about this city. The Daughters of Palatine Hill delivered a thoughtful, informative and creative story about three women and their lives in Rome during the reign of Augustus. Smith ...
  • Francoise
    4.5 starsThis book was captivating, I read it into the wee hours of the morning ! In my opinion, it fits perfectly the definition of historical fiction : it is based on known historical facts, but it recreates a whole universe during the reign of emperor Caesar Augustus and gives life to its characters thanks to the author's creativity and excellent storytelling.The story is based on the intertwined points of view of Livia, emperor Augustus last ...
  • Emma
    Phyllis T Smith has convincingly imagined the lives of three women in the time of Augustus, Caesars heir and adopted son. The women are Livia, Julia and Cleopatra Selene, a daughter of Cleopatra and Mark Anthony. I say imagined, because there was little recorded by or about women during this time. And yet they played an important role in the chess game of Roman political life.Women had no choice in who they married, could be divorced at the drop ...
  • Jessie (Ageless Pages Reviews)
    Detailed, dense without being slow or boring, full of rich versions of read people. Makes the inevitable feel less than predictable. Excellent followup to I Am Livia.
  • Barbara LeMere
    I finished this today and I would recommend it to anybody who enjoys a good story or is interested in the lives of the Ancient Romans. The Author Phyllis T. Smith does a good job of providing a portrait of three women in Rome during the reign of Ceasar Augustus/Octavian. Livia, the wife of Augustus, Julia, his daughter, and Cleopatra Selene, the daughter of Mark Antony and Cleopatra who along with her two brothers were spared by Augustus and ado...
  • Chris
    It's not a bad book, and there is something engrossing about it. The history is sound. The depiction of Cleopatra Selene is really good. But I wanted more of something. More push. More drama, more tension. Julia too seemed a bit off at the end, as if the change were too sudden.
  • Laura Gill
    Although it switches between three different viewpoints--Livia, Julia, and Cleopatra Selene--this novel might as well be called The Downfall of Julia the Elder, because at its core this is really a story of how Augustus's daughter, starved for real love and used as a pawn, starred in a sex scandal that devastated her father and led to her banishment and eventual death.Not to say that the book doesn't start out on a more promising note. Cleopatra ...
  • Jennifer
    Thank-you to NetGalley and Lake Union Publishing for my advanced reading copy of this novel.This novel is told from the perspectives of three very different women. Julia is the daughter of Emperor Augustus (heir to Julius Caesar), Livia is his wife and Selene is his ward, daughter of the defeated and now deceased Marc Anthony and Cleopatra. All three characters are striving to find their path in the new world of Rome after the civil war and the d...
  • Kathleen
    I would give more stars if I could! It was an absolutely marvelous book, even better than "I Am Livia" the first one. Thanks to NetGalley and Lake Union for allowing me an ARC.Livia, the wife of Emperor Augustus for more than 50 years, was one of the daughters the book was written about. The author, who has made Rome come to life in a vivid fashion for me, has made very long dead historical figures spring to life and tell their own stories.Living...
  • Rebecca
    Did not finish. The writing was quite simplistic. I can understand that for young Julia but not for adult Livia. The anachronisms were SO grating. A Roman soldier would not have popped off a "thanks" at the First Kid of Rome. I seriously doubt that Roman fathers walked their daughters down an aisle. And there was no Spain and no Italy at the time. Any amateur historian or fan of history would know that so one does assume that the author knows it,...
  • Cheryl Ann
    This book is not a book I would have picked. All thought I was pleasantly surprised I did like it.
  • Journey
    this seemed to be well-researched, but it was so dry. i also get really bored when women's only happiness revolves around sex with men, which this was heavy on. just go write the bodice-ripper you obviously want to write.
  • Sharon
    This is another historical fiction account of what happened to the daughter of Cleopatra and Marc Antony after she was captured and taken to Rome to live with the family of Caesar Augustus. We see the happenings thru the eyes of many characters, although Augustus is not one of them and we also view the history of Augustus biological daughter, Julia who was actually less loyal to him than the daughter of Cleopatra, his enemy. I don't know if this ...
  • Kristiina
    Listened on audio. Well researched. Well written. Well performed. I love that it is written from the women’s point of view. Thank you Phyllis T. Smith for making this time in history come alive!
  • Jeana
    5 Stars -
  • Amanda - Cover2CoverMom
    You can read all of my reviews on my blog -> Cover2CoverMom Blog Once I discovered that The Daughters of Palatine Hill was about Cleopatra & Mark Antony’s daughter, Cleopatra Selene, I hit the request button immediately. After the defeat of the Egyptian Queen, her daughter was taken to Rome & adopted into the family that was responsible for her family’s demise. This part of history has all the makings of a good historical fiction, but does Sm...
  • Paul Bennett
    The sequel to I Am Livia continues to follow the reign of Octavian/Augustus Caesar and is told from the perspective of three of the important women in his life; Livia, his wife; Julia, his daughter; and the daughter of Cleopatra and Antony, Cleopatra Selene. Once again I was enthralled with the author's ability to take a period of history and make it come alive with all of the emotion, the fears, the makings of a dynastic family amid constant tur...
  • Beatrice
    I'm surprised and disappointed to be giving this book only two stars. I feel like it deserves more, because it is a very well-researched, well-written, entertaining historical novel. And yet, I had to put it down halfway. So, like a bad break up, I'll say: it's not you, it's me.The problem is definitely me. I like a clean romance. Or at most, a romance that occasionally hints at more and then swerves back to the story. What I don't like is a book...
  • Elena
    I Am Livia was one of my favourite books of 2016, so I was really looking forward to pick up The Daughters of Palatine Hill, which is a sort of sequel and follows not only Livia but also Julia, Augustus's daughter, and Cleopatra Selene, Mark Antony and Cleopatra's daughter. As I was expecting, I wasn't disappointed in the least.Phyllis T. Smith is a fantastic author, and very talented at creating not only believable historical settings, but also ...
  • Olishka
    "The Daughters of the Palatine Hill "by Phyllis T Smith is alternatively told between Selene, Julia Augusti, and Livia. Overall, it is a decent book. I really don't have too much to say about it, but it really lacked for me in terms of bringing the world of Rome to life. The portrayal of Selene is decent enough, but there is one scene when she considers bedding Augustus and it was so gross, unnecessary, and I wish it wasn’t there, but it didn...
  • Natalie
    I really enjoyed this book. I felt I was truly able to understand the motivations behind the actions of these three women. I wished that each of them could achieve their highest hopes, because I liked each of the characters. I understood and empathized with Julia's longing for love, both from a lover and her father, and felt her disappointments and confusion as she struggled with some inner battles. Through Livia's eyes, I could understand August...
  • Shannon Weeden
    I picked up this book for a friend who's daughter asked if she could read it. I read it with a 12 year old in mind. I don't think that I would recommend it for a 12 year old because of the blunt speak about sex and lust. In that time period sex and arranged marriages were common for a 12 year old to know about but those are not normally things known to most 12 year old girls in the US. There were no colorful descriptions of the sex scenes but the...
  • Michael Cayley
    Much of the reign of Augustus told from the viewpoint of three women: Livia, Augustus's wife; Julia, his wayward daughter; and the daughter of Mark Anthony and Cleopatra. It stays fairly close to the sources, and conveys well an era in which, among the ruling class, people were expected to marry and divorce for political rather than emotional reasons. The novel ends with the exile to a small island of Julia after she becomes associated with disaf...
  • Morgan (The Bookish Beagle)
    I DNFed I Am Livia after a couple chapters but this immediately worked better for me; the tone and tense wasn't as bothersome or young, and I liked the three different POVs. Cleopatra Selene was my favorite. I don't know much about this period in Roman history so it was very fascinating from that perspective. Good details. But on the whole I find the author's style somewhat lacking and dry. I didn't feel the emotions I expected to feel. And it wa...
  • Jool
    This was an amazing book! I thoroughly enjoyed reading about Rome after the rule of Julius Caesar. The book is based loosely on historical fact, but because so many things about that time are unknown or ill-recorded, the author did take some liberties. This was a fantastic, exciting novel.
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    4.5 Only took me 5 hours. Once I started I couldn't stop.
  • T.R. Rankin
    I am a lover of history. So it is to no surprise that my genre of choice is historical fiction. One of my favorite time periods to read about is Ancient Rome. In 'The Daughters of Palatine Hill', Phyllis T. Smith gives a voice to the women that helped shape the great empire that we know today.Their contemporaries, often depicted women with a hint of ambition as untrustworthy, conniving--villainous.Cleopatra Selene IIWe are dropped into the afterm...