Book I of Empress of Rome. Sex, murder and intrigue in Ancient Rome.  44 B.C. – the rival powers are driving the republic to a violent end. A soothsayer foretells that young Tiberius Nero, if he weds his darkly beautiful cousin Livia Drusilla, he will sire four kings of Rome. Fuelled by ambition, Livia devotes her life to fulfilling the prophecy. No crime is too great when destiny beckons. The story is narrated by the centenarian slave Iphicles, who brings the power-women of Ancient Rome – Livia, Julia, Antonia and Agrippina – to life. Here is real live history.