The Grass Crown - Masters of Rome, Bk 2 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. — The career of Gaius Marius -- victorious general and six-time consul of Rome -- is in decline, but he seeks an unprecedented 7th conul... more »ship -- setting him at odds with the 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 contend 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 historic 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