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summary The First Man in Rome, series The First Man in Rome, book The First Man in Rome, pdf The First Man in Rome, The First Man in Rome 77849a2ec4 From The Bestselling Author Of The Thorn Birds Comes A Masterpiece Of Historical Fiction That Is Fascinating, Moving, And Gloriously Heroic The Reader Is Swept Into The Whirlpool Of Pageantry, Passion, Splendor, Chaos And Earth Shattering Upheaval That Was Ancient Rome Here Is The Story Of Marius, Wealthy But Lowborn, And Sulla, Aristocratic But Penniless And Debauched Extraordinary Men Of Vision Whose Ruthless Ambition Will Lay The Foundations Of The Most Awesome And Enduring Empire Known To HumankindA Towering Saga Of Great Events And Mortal Frailties, It Is Peopled With A Vast, And Vivid Cast Of Unforgettable Men And Women Soldiers And Senators, Mistresses And Wives, Kings And Commoners Combined In A Richly Embroidered Human Tapestry To Bring A Remarkable Era To Bold And Breathtaking Life


10 thoughts on “The First Man in Rome

  1. says:

    If I could have sex with this book, I would.Nothing I write can really do justice to why I love this book so much I ve just finished it for at least the 4th time most likely the 5th , and the series will probably serve as my comfort read whenever I m in a book slump They re great and awesome and a guaranteed satisfying read They ve spoiled me for pretty much all other HF out there, no matter the time period Apart from Patrick O Brian, no other author has seemed to capture an era so brilliantly with mere words.The setup is rather simple Gaius Marius is a very rich man from the Italian provinces with political ambition and military experience But he lacks one thing he s not a patrician, and in the very snobbish political circles of Rome, it s not enough to have the citizenship You have to have the right blood in your veins Marius sets out to best them at their own game He marries well in blood if not in money , he slowly accrues undeniable success in foreign wars, and he never gives up By the end, he has been elected consul an unprecedented six times a 7th term looms in the future and rocked the established order to its foundations From this point on, the later autocracy of the Roman Empire is inevitable The immense size of their territory makes the contained ideals of earlier centuries impractical and unpracticable Marius willful prominence in a society that prides itself that no one in the Senate stand above his peers opens the door to other men with singular gifts Cue Julius Caesar.It might sound heavy and complicated, but it s really not Learning about the evolution of Rome from republic to empire has never been so much fun There is red meat drama with backbiting, dysfunction, cutthroat ambition, and soap opera passions People harangue each other, commit suicide, are brave or cowardly, lead armies into certain slaughter or save them through cunning, and exhibit the ideals of Roman behavior or plumb the depths of immorality I want to hug them, slap them, strangle them, lick them, and keep them in a special box with a fancy little bow to pull out and play with whenever I want a grand old time.Why I Re Read This Book Over And Over 1 The Style It s really hard to describe it, but I would liken it to Roman farce They were a rude and bawdy folk, those Romans, yet also insufferably smug and pious about their lineages and onerous duty to be a shining beacon of light for the rest of the world McCullough obviously holds these people in great affection for their strengths as well as their weaknesses It all comes through in a style that is accessible while at the same time being illuminating The characters seem impossibly unreal and all too human at the same time.2 Publius Rutilius Rufus Letters This is partly related to the Style issue, but these really are a highlight of the book A patrician with a grudging respect and love for Gaius Marius, he takes it upon himself to keep the perpetually abroad on campaign Marius informed of events in Rome in witty, long letters written from the peanut gallery He has opinions about everything and everybody, goes off on tangents, and keeps warning Marius that Rome s established order can only be pushed so far so fast It s through his letters that lots of the infodumpy material gets conveyed in a way that s both entertaining and easy to consume Wish authors would learn how to do the infodump so well 3 The Scope The story covers Roman life from the heights of power in the Senate to the stews of the Subura, where Julius Caesar s mother is resident landlady of a tenement building her dowry Sometimes it seems there are layers to the Roman social and political strata than stars, but McCullough follows characters from different backgrounds from ossified aristocrats to back alley assassins to paint a canvas of Rome in all its infinite variety.4 The Arc Theme Marius begins as a man trying to distinguish himself by working within the existing system When that proves nearly impossible because of solid opposition to him from the Old Guard, he upends the system to favor himself and what he believes is the best interest of Rome At the end of the book, when the tribune of the plebs Saturninus demagogues a popular revolt, Marius sides with his old enemies because mob rule is not in Rome s interest While he has fought endlessly for years to earn fame and recognition for his own feats, in the end Rome is supreme and must be preserved at all costs No one man is worth than Rome, because Rome isn t about people and buildings, material things It is about ideals and a state of being Try reconciling that with the need to feed the grumbling belly that is Rome while staving off restless, wandering barbarian tribes 800,000 strong The theme of the book is ideals vs pragmatism, and the men who adhered to one school of thought or the other, and the successes or disasters that resulted from those decisions.5 Lucius Call Me Luscious Cornelius Sulla Saving the fangirlish for last There s no other way to say it Sulla s a sexy bastard liiiiiiiiiiiiiick While not quite fitting the alpha hero mold in the bodice rippers I read you know, committing murder and all , he is a take charge guy with that attractive evil darkness about him His very red gold pale complexion is a stark contrast to the demons that gnaw on him He has no scruples about anything if he thinks it ll get him closer to his perceived destiny His ability to do some pretty awful things without getting caught only convinces him that Fortune has got his back He s acutely aware of his flaws when working close with Marius, but he also sees the Great Man s weaknesses and is determined to succeed where Marius fails since he has the blood and family ties that Marius lacks The two men work together for the good of Rome, but a submerged rivalry is born that plays itself out bitterly in the next book As this book ends, Marius s sun is setting while Sulla s is on the rise and eventual success is in the hopeful offing After all, he learned from a master.And if the stick up the ass blue bloods in Rome think they had trouble with Marius, just wait until Sulla s in charge But that s for the next two books I really shouldn t look forward to another book slump because they really suck and are a downer, but I can t help but hope the next several books piss me off so I can eagerly grab The Grass Crown Oh, when Sulla wins that crown on the battlefield, bloody and weary and riding a high of triumph and finally realizing his destiny fans self Ahem I ve gone on and on, but I really haven t scratched the surface of why this book is one of the best novels ever written about the era Make that ever written Period If you have even a remote interest in the time period, you should pick this up and lose yourself in an unbelievable drama over 2100 years old McCullough does the reader the huge favor of putting a wiki and pronunciation guide in the back of the book, which includes everything from geography to Latin slang, so no need to interrupt your reading to run to the internet It s all there.And believe it or not, you ll see that superpower governing hijinks haven t changed much over the millennia They no longer wear those snazzy togas and orate so marvelously, but the players are still a bunch of preening, self important, bickering pricks who need to be slapped with the Big Picture every so often It s truly timeless.


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    This book is justa collosal achievement The Thornbirds is just eh for me, her take on PP made me really appreciate her as a skilled author and storytellerbut THIS book makes me revere and idolize her as one of the best authors in existance.This is an almost 1000 page book about the ancient Roman senate, and I was addicted to every single word How awesome is that I was terrified to start it, when I glanced over the almost 300 page glossary, all I could think was man, what if I m not smart enough to read this I shouldn t have worried All you have to do is trustingly place yourself in McCullough s hands, and her book will entertain as well as inform She made this story so captivating that I was on the edge of my seat than once over such things as a massive grain shortage and the passing of a bill to grant basic Roman citizens the Head Count land.These people with their 3 and 4 word ridiculous names will quickly become real people, and by the end you ll feel like you ve been reading about them for years.Totally awesome.


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    Monthly group read with Historical Fictionistas A solid four stars, which will probably get bumped up to five once I get a chance to reread this in its entirety rather than listening to the abridged audiobook Don t get me wrong, the audiobook is fantastic, but abridged shrugs DOS did a fantastic job reading, as I knew he would, and McCullough s research shines through each of these characters I don t know how much of each character was made up and how much was historical fact aside from Gaius Marius ruling for six unprecedented terms , and to be honest I really didn t care because that s how good the story was Excited to reread this, and I ve already got book two on the shelf at home DAVID OGDEN STIERS READS THE AUDIO HELL YES.


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    There is something terribly reassuring about being in politics to enrich oneself It s normal It s human It s forgivable It s understandable The ones to watch are the ones who are in politics to change the world They do real damage, the power men and the altruists.I ve always been hesitant about reading The First Man in Rome, Colleen McCullough s magnum opus about the Roman Republic I just didn t know what to expect, and the size of the book my very large hardcopy version had 700 pages was a little off putting, too However, I loved her writing in The Thornbirds and I knew that McCullough was a history buff, so I had to check the book out when I saw it in the library I m glad I ve read it It was difficult to get used to the names and find out who is who at first, but ultimately the stories of the main characters develop and interlope and become quite interesting McCullough goes into a lot detail in describing life and customs in ancient Rome some I was familiar with and A LOT that I learned Her attention to detail is fantastic And, yet, she does not beat the reader over the head with explanations of the political systems, the structure of the military, or Roman history McCullough requires some pre existing knowledge of her readers and it makes the book very engaging it s like a dialogue between reader and author.In short, The First Man in Rome is a brilliant example of what historical fiction can be.And, yet, why can I not give the book 5 stars Well, in short, some of the story is drawn out way beyond what I was able to pay attention to Yes, some parts dragged There, I said it What drove me nuts than this, tho, was that there were no chapters It was difficult at times, especially after putting the book down, where the story was at and which person the particular part was focusing on Seriously, this structural editing choice really got to me.Lastly, though, as much as I admire McCullough s work here, some of the ways that the Roman paranoia of an impending invasion was portrayed almost without comment made me wonder whether McCullough, despite her love of detail, stuck to the classic Roman is best narrative for dramatic reasons or whether she truly subscribed to that particular historical perspective In Thornbirds, part of the admiration I have for McCullough s work is that she challenged some of the characters attitudes or indeed created one of the finest characters in the book to antagonize an entire religion whereas this is missing from The First Man in Rome I really missed the gumption of a character of Mary Carson s quality and not even Sulla could make up for this Marius glared The worst of you Sulla is that I will never know what makes you work What makes your legs go up and down, what makes your arms swing, why you smile like a wolf And what you really think That I ll never, never know If it s any consolation, brother in law, now will anyone else Even me, said Sulla.


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    a larger than life, fascinating novelHalfway through this book, I found myself with eyes full of dark circles That s when I realized that I haven t had a full night s sleep since picking up this novel Which in turn made me wonder at my reluctance towards reading another Colleen McCullough book my previous book by her was, unfortunately, less than memorable Suffice to say, after reading The First Man in Rome, I am now than willing to eat my words and bow at the brilliance of McCullough s writing.In an attempt to be objective, though, not every part of this story was that engrossing Some accounts of warfare or political intrigues were too protracted that I just had to skim through it And the latter part about Saturninus and Glaucia s machinations just felt like a last ditch effort by the author to maintain the drama right up to the end Rome with Marius at the helm of power, proved the most riveting part of the book.Other than that, I have only good things to say about this novel The depiction of the Roman Republic was so vivid and gripping The people, their stories, and the interactions among them were so relatable they can be material for today s soap operas from the live organism that is the Senate, with all its peculiarities, to the women behind the men, and even the State s enemies every character of note was given life under the author s succinct prose and witty dialogues I don t know how she did it, but this gargantuan scope of a lifelike historical fiction is a guaranteed page tuner.


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    I ve read the entire Man in Rome series TWICE 900 plus pages per book My all time favorite books I d read them all yet again should I feel so compelled I tried to get them all in hard bound so I could keep them for my grandson to read I m only missing the one I loaned out Dang, I shouldn t do that In my opinion there is not a definitive, comprehensive, and well researched set of novels written about the Roman Empire, Caesar in particular Love history Read, read, read


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    McCullough is superb on ancient Rome and genuinely does bring it to life without resorting to any spurious and trite fictional claims that the Romans were just like us She has read all the sources and sticks to them, simply fleshing out the characters and events so that they make narrative sense This isn t by any means an easy read, since she delves into the intricacies of Senate debates and internal politics, but it is quite unlike anything else that has been published on Rome.This is the first volume of her massive 7 book series, and probably covers the least known period of Republican history the rise of Marius and Sulla, and the transformation of the Roman army, arguably the first steps towards civil war and the fall of the Republic.There are times where in this book the characters slightly tend to soap opera, but they are few Overall, a superb read This only lost 1 star because the middle books are even better


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    I started to get interested in ancient Rome particularly the Republic after the HBO series started I read Tom Holland s excellent Rubicon and knew I needed especially on Marius and Sulla, two of the most fascinating characters of this or any historical period When I learned of McCullough s series, I began with this one and was immediately hooked I ve read all seven, but my favorites are the first 3 or 4.I really appreciated the way she was faithful to the known history but filled in the unknown areas with reasonable and interesting guesses e.g., Sulla s first wife probably wasn t Julius Caesar s other aunt, if he had than one, but she was a Julia There are dozens of interpretations that she makes and usually explains in the notes at the end that are usually so well thought out and ring true to the known history Her take on Caesar s epilepsy was particularly interesting and reflects her expertise as a medical doctor a perspective most historians can t draw on Her explanation of how Marius made J.C the flamen dialis, a priesthood that would have prevented any kind of military or significant political career, was ingenious It s clear and she points out as much in her afterwords that some things may not have happened the way she portrays them But you never get the sense that, like some historical fiction writers, she s changing the history to fit her story Instead, she tries to understand sometimes conflicting facts to arrive at a plausible rationale.But, mainly, it s the characters that give this series life Gaius Marius, Lucius Cornelius Sulla, and Julius Caesar are living, breathing human beings She gets inside their heads, and you really get the sense that you know and understand these historical giants, who all were contemporaries of one another and of other legendary figures Marc Antony, Cicero, Pompey Magnus, Crassus, Spartacus, Brutus, Cassius, and on and on.I was never that interested in Roman history as a student, with its emphasis on the imperial period But I think I find something tragic and bittersweet about the end of the republic, which, after all, was a functioning form of democracy than 2,000 years ago These men all held the ideal of the republic dear, but they just couldn t help destroying it, blinded as they were by their own hubris, greed, and ambition It s a fascinating and exhilarating story, and the best way I can think of to understand this important period of Western history.


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    First I have to compliment Colleen McCullough on her research Truly an outstanding effort and very praiseworthy Her glossary at the end of the book is excellent and one which I have referred back to then once for just general information Having said that I now have to state that the entire series has been going down in quality since the second installment The Grass Crown With the first two novels it is apparent that Ms McCullough wrote them or less simultaneously over a period of several years while doing her very extensive research I read that she spent over five years researching and writing the first chapters and it shows The attention to detail is excellent, her characters come to life, they sound and act like Romans Silly thing to write actually Let s go with they don t sound and act like people living in the late Twentieth Century None of us actually know what ancient Romans sounded or acted like do we There is nothing modern about her dialogue, plot, or characterization After a short while I felt like I was reading a prequel to Robert Graves classic novels about Claudius The only thing I felt there wasn t enough of was the biting wit that was so prevalent in Graves work But I could live with that.Unfortunately ,starting with the third installment, I saw the old Colleen McCullough coming through The bestselling author who has written The Thorn Birds and Tim It was obvious that the research was done and the dramatic stage set was built Now Ms McCullough was simply filling in with her trademark writing Instead of a series of Roman novels there is a soap opera with modern characters running around in togas Instead of intriguing and fleshed out historical personae there is hero worship of Julius Caesar and two dimensional characters I made it through the fourth installment and gave up More tired then disgusted for what had been rather unusual was now become typical and could just as easily be set in New York City of today I recommend the first two novels highly In my opinion they reach a level higher then the average summertime read, but after that one has mind candy Read I Claudius and Claudius the God and His Wife Messalina by Robert Graves if you want truly entertaining fiction set in the Roman Empire.


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    This novel was highly recommended to me by a co worker who knew I d liked I, Claudius and Imperium A Novel of Ancient Rome He said that although Colleen McCullough is best known for The Thorn Birds, she is actually a well respected authority on ancient Rome.I have to admit that I approached The First Man in Rome with a lot of skepticism It sat on my shelf for two years before circumstances compelled me to start it and within 10 pages I was hooked I found it to be a compelling read, so much so that it s the first book I ve read in a long time that has interrupted my normal routine skipped exercise to read, stayed up late, ignored the TV I can t wait to read the next book in the series.Now, this book won t be for everyone In fact, I d be hard pressed to recommend it to most of the readers I know While there s certainly a lot of action and intrigue, much of it concerns political wrangling and debate I enjoyed these sections immensely, but I believe many people would find them dull Still, I loved this novel and have high hopes for the others in the series, and sincerely hope other Goodreads members will give it a shot.


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