The first book in the epic Masters of Rome series.
Rome, 110 BC. 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 poverty, 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.
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Brilliant and enjoyable way to enjoy history
Colleen McCullough has written a brilliant series which really brings history to life and it's an amazing time in history - Western Civilisation down to today is shaped by the events told here. It's the story of the characters and events from the late days of the Roman Republic (through this and later books in the series), all the way to the days of Julius Caesar. While dialogue is created to fit the historical facts, Colleen has also drawn from known documents and incorporated these into the text. It's a masterful piece of work and recommend it to anyone who enjoys a great story and/or loves history.
- Joshua Cameron-Maginness
Excellent - you'll be disappointed to have to stop
Having already read the books in this series once, and now listened to Part 1 of The First Man in Rome on audiobook, I have to say I'd happily go through it all again. The only disappointment is that the whole series - or indeed, even the whole first book - isn't yet available.
A beautifully crafted story based largely on sound historical evidence, narrated at an excellent pace, with great attention to details such as character voices and a bit of a twinkle in the eye. Now to wait until the rest of the 8 part (I think) series is available on Audible...