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The First Man in Rome by Colleen McCullough
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Oct 28, 2010

it was amazing
Read in October, 2010

I found myself reding all these different novels about rome, and got the itch to go back and reread the series starting with the first man in rome. it begins during the time of gaius marius and cornilius lucius sulla, about 100 b.c. the germans are threatening the western boundaries, the patrician senate is so elitist they would rather rome fall than let a man of marius' low birth lead them. the author leads us through the next 20 years of his life, with details of daily life, the battlefield, the city of rome, family histories, and all the gossip and corruption that abounded in the senate. she includes extremely detailed maps, an enormous glossary covering explanations of the smallest detail, and even a list of proper ways to pronounce the sometimes tongue twisting names of that time. well, now its on to wolume number two, the grass crown.

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