Another in this author's historical re-creations, here is the picture of Rome's Triumverate with its lesser known member, Marcus Aemilius Lepidus, the focus of the years 49 to 36 B.C. A man, distinguished for vacillation, for veneration of the past and family, for lack of integrity, he veers and fumbles, is influenced by his wife, by his fellow Triumvirs, by any close voice; he is not without decency in a minor measure; there are times when he earns proper respect. And from the death of Caesar, to the alliance eventually with Antonius and Octavius, through the political and military advances, the changes within Rome and its wide possessions, to his days of glory and disgrace, the very insignificance of this hero is a sounding board for Roman history of his era. Again Duggan displays his ability -- as a writer with a clear style and as a historian with a deep feeling for the period as it really might have been. For his particular audience.