The first book in the epic Masters of Rome series. Rome. 110BC. A city which is home to Gaius Marius, prosperous but lowborn, a proud and disciplined soldier emboldened by his shrewdness and self-made wealth. It is also home to Lucius Cornelius Sulla, a handsome young aristocrat corrupted by powerty, a shameless pleasure seeker. Two men of ...Read MoreThe first book in the epic Masters of Rome series. Rome. 110BC. A city which is home to Gaius Marius, prosperous but lowborn, a proud and disciplined soldier emboldened by his shrewdness and self-made wealth. It is also home to Lucius Cornelius Sulla, a handsome young aristocrat corrupted by powerty, a shameless pleasure seeker. Two men of extraordinary vision, men of ruthless ambition, both blessed and cursed by the special favour of Fortune. men fated to lay the foundations of the most awesome empire ever known, and to play out a mighty struggle for power and glory - for Marius and Sulla share a formidable ambition: to become First Man in Rome.Read Less
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This first book in Ms. McCullough's series covers a part of Roman history that I was completely unfamiliar with. It is extremely interesting. I like that she has a glossary of terms and pronunciation.
Jun 18, 2010
Illuminating account of Rome in the first century B.C. Not simply a historical novel, but an epic, replete with excellent maps and glossary. Entertaining and informative and based upon solid research.
Jul 17, 2008
The author has an incredible grasp of this period in history. The research is superb; ;the reader is living with the characters. The entire series is wonderful. I bought the first few books in the series when it first came out, at new book prices, but there was a year or more between publication of each book and it was hard to put the books in context. I loaned the First Man in Rome out so many times, it became quite worn and I had never completed the series. With Alibris I was able to afford to replace that book and all the books in the series I didn't own. So now I am going to enjoy reading the entire series from beginning to end. Joy.
Apr 20, 2008
A Blockbuster for the Roman World
This book will be a joy for any fan of historical-based fiction. It's full development of characters and events easily rivals that of George McDonald Fraser (the "Flashman" series) and Patrick O'Brian (the Aubrey/Maturin novels). Nearly impossible to set aside, I bought the entire 7-book series before finishing "The First Man in Rome". Five Stars. Former Naval Person Kansas City April 2008
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