A trusted colleague pointed out a small error in the author’s note section of my novel Cleopatra’s Moon.
Fortunately, the error didn’t affect the novel itself (the error was in a factoid about something that happened nearly 15 years after my story ended).
But still. Ack.
Here’s the error: on the last page of bullets, I wrote that Julia divorced Agrippa in order to marry Tiberius, when it was actually Tiberius who was forced to divorce his wife in order to marry Julia (got that?). Julia’s husband, Agrippa, had died the year before.
Now, I knew that—it’s one of the more interesting tales of Augustus’s rule—how he made Tiberius divorce his beloved wife, Vipsania, against his will (Roman fathers could do this). Suetonius claims that, later, when Augustus heard that Tiberius had stared piteously at his ex-wife after running into her on the street, he gave the order to make sure that Tiberius never “run into” her again.
I likely over-focused on the larger point of the bullet—on the irony of the fact that while Augustus and Romans acted all outraged and “disturbed” by the heritage of brother-sister royal marriages in Egypt, here Augustus was forcing his stepson to marry his own daughter!
Augustus was brilliant in the way he took on Egyptian royal habits (ruling as a virtual monarch, creating a royal line of succession, and all but calling himself divine to name a few) while, at the same time, convincing everyone that he was a traditional, pious, conservative Roman.
In any case, mea culpa. I apologize for the error. We are working on getting the mix-up corrected in future printings and in the e-book edition.
On a similar note, a lovely Latin teacher I met at the national convention of the Junior Classical League pointed out that we should have used the vocative case of a Latin word in the text. I probably should have explained that the Latin teacher who vetted the Latin for us recommended that we “keep it simple,” which was why most of the Latin was kept in nominative case.
As always, I am very grateful for such careful readers!