The Book of the Week is actually the Series of the Week this go ’round: Colleen McCullough’s Masters of Rome.
Unfortunately, we lost Mrs. Robson (nee McCullough) in 2015. Fortunately, she left behind a considerable body of work, and her Masters of Rome series is my favorite.
The series charts the end of the Roman Republic and the rise of the Roman Empire under Augustus Caesar, focusing on the major players: Marius, Sulla, Caesar, Octavius, Marc Anthony, Cicero, and Cleopatra. While the series is incredibly well researched (and will delight history buffs) it is far from a dry reveling of events. Mrs. Robson brings these men and women to life, rendering them as all-too-human, with all their vices and virtues intact.
Amazon offers the entire series in paperback or via Kindle, but you can by decent hardback copies for a relatively small price, and the series enjoys my highest recommendation.
Whether you are interested in the history, the historical persons, or just a great story, this is a series well worth your time.