If you enjoy stories about ancient Rome, or historical fiction in general, you MUST read this book. I have not one criticism - only praise. The characters are so well developed that even those that are mentioned only within a few pages are vivid and memorable. A fanatic of hi-fi, I don't always enjoy the usual detailed battle/war scenes. This story is full of them, and they're never dull. Maybe because it's a woman writing about the victories and devastation on the battlefield? I'm now in hot pursuit to read everything McCullough has written. Feel free to email if you have any questions. ~LeAnn
Over 1,000 pages to the book, over 900 pages to the novel itself!
Book includes a very detailed 120 page Glossary giving (detailed) descriptions and definitions for roman (latin) words etc,
- plus 10 page pronunciation guide for roman masculine names,
- plus 9 page pronunciation guide to other names and terms.
Novel about 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 humankind.
- the major character - the women in particular - come through as real humans facing real and recognizable problems - a real work of art of words!
This is the first book in an excellent six book series about the Roman Republic. Over a thousand pages, you will feel history come alive. I cannot recommend Colleen McCullough's Rome series too highly.
Colleeen McCullough,the Author of The Thorn Birds has done it again. This is an Awesome and absorbing novel of love, war, intrigue and betrayal which takes place in Ancient Rome. A must read.
The first book in Colleen McCullough's epic series about the last days of the Roman Republic sizzles with political intrigue and provides us with two opposite and fascinating characters through which we view the events. McCullough's research is exemplary and the Republic blooms into vibrant life in her hands. Highly recommended.