The Grass Crown Author:Colleen McCullough From the best-selling author of The First Man in Rome comes the second book in the continuing saga of the downfall of one of civilization's earliest attempts at democracy -- the Republic of Rome. — Praised as "awesome and epic" and a "truly astonishing work" Colleen McCullough's The First Man in Rome was a stunning literary achievement -- one now... more » surpassed with the publication of The Grass Crown, which sweeps the reader once again into a world of conflict, political intrique, violence, implacable enmity, and enduring love.
The career of Gaius Marius -- victorious general and six-time consul of Rome -- is in decline. But the aging Marius seeks an unprecedented and prophesied seventh consulship -- setting him at odds with brilliant, tormented Lucius Cornelius Sulla, once Marius's valued right-hand man, now his most dangerous rival.
Against a backdrop of civil war, massacre and conspiracy these two men vie for political dominance -- and must also content with forces that threaten Rome's very survival; rebellion in the neighboring Italian states and the machinations of a barbaric Eastern conqueror.
More than a chronicle of historical clashes and great events, The Grass Crown brings to life the men, women, and children who will help shape the future of the Western world -- and whose acts of courage, passion, and treachery interweave to create an enthralling and relentlessly paced story of a remarkable society and a glorious epoch.
Matchless in its detail, rich with true and recognizable human emotions, The Grass Crown brilliantly celebrates the triumphs and tragedies of a world long gone -- one in which we can see ourselves hauntingly reflected.« less