The Grass Crown (Masters of Rome #2)
New York Times bestselling author Colleen McCullough returns us to an age of magnificent triumphs, volcanic passions, and barbaric cruelties.
Throughout the Western world, great kingdoms have fallen and despots lay crushed beneath the heels of Rome's advancing legions. But now internal rebellion threatens the stability of the mighty Republic. An aging, ailing Gaius Marius,...more
Where as Marius was the primary character and Sulla was secondary in the first book of the series, the two trade places here. Marius is older and will soon be sidelined by a younger generation - and a stroke. Moreover, his...more
Centered around the war against Italia, the growing rift between two towering personalities and former friends, and the depths to which a person's ego can lead him, this book also sets up Julius Caesar perfectly, illustrating his character wonderfully.
Gaius Marius, in search of his seventh consulship (which others have deemed impossible), with a fervour that fina...more
So when Mithridiates tells a consul (who knows what his name was, SEE? SEE?!) "you'll get your precious gold," I squealed "OH SHIT!" clapped my hands with glee, and giggled for the rest of t...more
This second book in the series covers Lucius Cornelius Sulla's rise to being First Man, and then things go nuts!!! Blood, blood and more blood.
McCullough creates vivid, believable and lovable characters, and avoids getting bogged down in historical detail "showing off", but w...more
Rome must confront the rebellion of her Italian allies, an event known to us as the Social War, and the frightening eruption of Pontus,...more
It makes for a sad book, seeing that decline of a character I grew fond of in the first book. Sulla, as in the first book, is shown as bo...more
Historical novels always walks a line of historical correctness and entertainment, i thought this series managed to provide both, which is an impressive feat considering the extensive amount of information available for this time-period.
This series follows the most important romans and their families for two generations.
The rise to power of the succesful battlecommander Gaiu...more
Running from the end of the German invasion through the Italian War, Colleen McCollough masterfully blends the historical facts with a blending of fiction to give her readers a amazing journey that not only tells about the major events of the period but also blends in a picture of everyday life in late republic Rome.
Looking ahead the "Masters of Rome" series has many more volumes to go, and I'm looking forward to reading them. In fact, I plan to read one each winter until I'm done. The only other series I do this for is Aubrey-Maturin by Patrick O'Brian, in...more
This is the second book in Colleen McCullough's Masters of Rome series, following The First Man in Rome. It covers the period from 99 -86 B.C. Since I know very little about the history of ancient Rome I learned a great deal from this detailed account which is largely a story of political intrigue, civil war and upheaval. I also found it to be very suspenseful and proved that truth can be stranger than fiction. The central characters are Lucius Cornelius Sulla and Gaius Marius, both of whom were...more
This was a great book. After 2000 years its amazing that the problems with the republic have not changed. This is the worlds first experimentation with democracy. There are 7 books in the series and all are around 800 pages.
Ms McCullough has included a lot of additional information. I am currently reading book 3
She grew up during World War II. In her first year of medical studies at the University of Sydney she suffered dermatitis from surgical soap and was told to abandon her dreams of becoming a medical doctor. Instead,...more