The First Man in Rome: 1 by Colleen McCullough
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Great narrative of the fall of republic.
The detail of political intrigue in Rome is entertaining and detailed. I is nice to see a author who is bringing attention to other great Roman leader besides Julius Cesar. Marius and Sulla are major characters in Roman history but are frequently bypassed for the Rome’s most famous son.
The character development is deep and complex. Through Sulla, Marius and other characters, McCullough brings a beautiful demonstration of Roman psyche and social order.
The only reason I gave it 4 stars was due to the lack of sufficient military detail for battles and strategy. However, I do admit, if those were included, the book would 2000 pages long.
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