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Phyllis T. Smith
Phyllis T. Smith was born and currently lives in Brooklyn, New York. After obtaining a bachelor's degree from Brooklyn College and a master's degree from New York University, Phyllis pursued a practical career in computer applications training, yet found herself drawn to writing fiction and to... show more



Phyllis T. Smith was born and currently lives in Brooklyn, New York. After obtaining a bachelor's degree from Brooklyn College and a master's degree from New York University, Phyllis pursued a practical career in computer applications training, yet found herself drawn to writing fiction and to the history, literature, and art of the ancient world. Her first novel, I AM LIVIA, was a #1 Kindle and Digital Book World bestseller. She plans to write more books set in ancient Rome.

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Chris' Fish Place
Chris' Fish Place rated it 3 years ago
At first blush, there is really nothing wrong with this look at three women in Augustus' court. The three are Cleopatra Selene (daughter of Cleo and Tony, raised by Octavia), Julia (Gus's daughter by his first wife), and Livia (Gus's second wife). Selene is well drawn as a character. It's just th...
Blackbird's Book Blog
Blackbird's Book Blog rated it 5 years ago
A bit on the fluffy side for me. However, it was enjoyable and written well. I ended up disliking Julia. Are we supposed to sympathize with that foolish girl?
Bashara Likes Books
Bashara Likes Books rated it 8 years ago
I'm not gonna lie - I was a BIG I Claudius fan back in the day. So when I saw this new historical fiction novel written from the point of view of the baddest of the baddies - Livia Drusilla - my interest was piqued . Unfortunately, for this author, making a character sympathetic means turning her ...
sarahsar
sarahsar rated it 8 years ago
“If his oddity and mine did not take precisely the same form, still the edges of one seemed to fit those of the other, like two sides of a split piece of pottery.”Caesar Octavianus Augustus and Livia Drusilla were the original power couple. During the course of a marriage that lasted 52 years, Augus...
Nicole~
Nicole~ rated it 8 years ago
The history of ancient Rome, in general, has cloaked the women of the Caesars in shadows and obscurity. Undoubtedly, these women are worthy of greater attention; their stories are fascinating in their own right, and rife with intrigue and scandal. Livia Drusilla (58 B.C.- 28 A.D.) was extremely ch...
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