The First Man In Rome Author:Colleen McCullough "The First Man In Rome sweeps the reader into an irresistibly vivid world of political intrigue, danger, wars, assassinations, devasstating up heaval, intricately passionate family alliances and rivalries-and undeniabile reality. — It's New Years Day of 110BC, and two of the latest in a long line of noble Roman mediocrities are assuming the covet... more »ed mantle of consul. But among those watching are two very ifferent men, men whose vision, ruthlessness, and courage will force shattering changes upon the Roman Republic, struggling to cope with the mushrooming territorial possessions and the growing resentment of the Italians it treats as third-class citizens.
One of these two men is Marius, a wealthy rustic barred by his low birth from grasping his prophesied destiny, to become the First Man in Rome--he who stands avove all his peers through sheer excellence. The second is Sulla, handsome and debauched scion of an impeccably aristocratic house, prevented by penury from claiming his birthright. Yet both men have a mighty presence for ally---fickle, capricious, elusive--the goddess Fortune, who loves and favors them above all others. Brought together by war in dark and distant lands, they battle enemies within Rome for the quest to become the First Man in Rome is as political as it is military, and the First Man in Rome must be master of both arenas. The First Man In Rome will fascinate readers with it's richness and accuracy of historical detail, a fitting background for characters who are themselves historic.« less