This and the Buchan book and the Ludwig Cleopatra certainly form an invincible armada on the subject of the period, in Rome and abroad. This is a more serious, scholarly and detailed picture than the other two. There is no attempt to dramatize nor lighten the story through any sort of fictionization. The first third of the book deals with the death of Caesar, and the facts in his background leading up to it; of the immediate result and currents of feeling, of the problems presented. Then the appearance of the young Octavian, not a colorful nor romantic figure, but a genius at using other people's brains. The implication is that he played upon Anthony's susceptibilities and used the Cleopatra situation to build up his side, and tear down Anthony in Rome. The book is valuable from the student's angle, but lacks the sparkle of the Buchan.