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The First Man in Rome by Colleen McCullough
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Jan 15, 2010

it was amazing

This is a brilliant beginning to the six book set that chronicles the downfall of the Roman Republic and the rise of Julius Caesar. This first book focuses on the rise of Gaius Marius against the resistance of the hereditary aristocracy. You can read Livy, Plutarch and Cicero and take a few years of college courses and decide for yourself how much McCollugh has abandoned a strict adherence to historical record to tell her story but who cares? This set of books is one of the great historical sagas ever written. The characters are rich and varied and interest never flags. McCollough also weaves in a female side of the story, something the classicists and most other historical novelists underplay. If you want a nice long commitment to a series of great books you could do a lot worse.

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Joshua She actually did a pretty good job of staying as true as possible to the known history. Not too much is out of line.

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