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THE

FIRST MAN

IN ROME

 

"AN AWESOME AND EPIC NEW WORK.. .

This is an absolutely absorbing story—

not simply of the military and political intrigues

that went into the final days of the Republic

but also of what it was like

to live, love and survive at this

pivotal point in our civilization . . .

A MASTER STORYTELLER . . .

A 900-plus-page novel that is every bit as hard

to put down as it is to pick up."

Los Angeles Times

 

"SPLENDID IN CONCEPTION . .

The narrative sweeps along

as does the force of history . . .

Colleen McCullough understands

the undercurrents of human emotion .

She reveals people as they are . . .

EXCEPTIONAL"
Washington Post Book World

 

"McCULLOUGH IS TERRIFIC . .

Her characters quiver with life."

The New York Times Book Review

 

"A treat for those who troll bookstores searching for
real
historical fiction . . .

As compelling as any novel of contemporary power seekers."

Houston Post

 

"Political infighting and power plays; the slaughters and strategies of war;

plots thick and nasty . . .

A grandly meaty historical novel. . .

Rich with gracefully integrated research

and thundering to the beat of marching Roman legions."

Kirkus Reviews

 

"A GREAT GOLIATH OF A NOVEL . . Perhaps the most thoroughly researched historical novel ever written.. . A genuine tour de force."

Milwaukee Journal

 

"An intricate characterization of an age,

agile in its movement

from the minute details of household

management to the precise composition of the

military colossus Rome repeatedly mustered

to repel the Teutonic hordes . . .

An accomplishment so edifying

as to be compelling."

New York Daily News

 

"The most spectacular of her books . . .

A fascinating history lesson that shows the timelessness of human ambition

and misbehavior. . .

THE BEST WORK McCULLOUGH

HAS EVER DONE."

Sacramento Bee

 

"AN EXCITING STORY OF TANGLED

LIVES AND EPIC EVENTS . .. This novel really grabbed me after a few pages,

and I savored it to the end . . .

Republican Rome may be distant in time,

but through McCullough's talent for

storytelling and intimate knowledge

of the Roman life style,

the world becomes alive and pertinent

to the contemporary reader."

Pittsburgh Press

 

"Crosses battle lines and boundaries.

Deaths, births, prophecies, political alliances and rivalries create a whirlwind of drama. McCullough intermingles the high and the low-assassins, soldiers, wives and mistresses-— to weave an intriguing tapestry of a great empire."

Washington Times

 

"A SERIOUS HISTORICAL NOVEL THAT EDIFIES WHILE IT ENTERTAINS . . .

McCullough tells a good story,

describing political intrigue, social infighting

and bloody battles with authoritative skill,

interpolating domestic drama

and even a soupgon of romance . , .

FASCINATING READING . . .

A memorable picture of an age

with many aspects that share

characteristics with our own."

Publishers Weekly

 

"ADMIRABLE...

Colleen McCullough is an

energetic yarn-spinner. . .

Her research is extensive enough

to win her half a dozen PhD degrees,

and she throws nothing away . . .

A bestseller of higher aspiration."

Newsday

 

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Colleen

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THE

FIRST MAN

IN ROME

 

AVON BOOKS & NEW YORK

 

If you purchased this book without a cover, you should be aware that this book is stolen property. It was reported as "unsold and destroyed" to the publisher, and neither the author nor the publisher has received any payment for this "stripped book."

 

For

Frederick T. Mason,

dear friend, splendid colleague, honest man,

with love and gratitude

 

AVON BOOKS

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Copyright © 1990 by Colleen McCullough

Cover art by Tom Hall

Published by arrangement with the author

Library of Congress Catalog Card Number: 90-37080

ISBN: 0-380-71081-1

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A note to the reader: to shed light on the world of ancient Rome, several maps and illustrations have been included throughout this book. Their locations are noted on page xi. A list of the main characters begins on page xxi. An author's note appears on page 933. If you would like to know more about the historical background of
The First Man in Rome,
turn to page 937 for a glossary explaining some Latin words and unfamiliar terms. Readers who are interested in the pronunciations of Roman masculine names will find a guide on page 1055. A guide to the pronunciations of other names and terms begins on page 1067.

 

 

 

LIST OF MAPS AND ILLUSTRATIONS 

 

Page 

 

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MAPS

 

 
 

 

 
 

 

  

 

  

 

  

 

 Roma Urbs

 

 xii-xiii

 

 FMR xii

 

 Mundus Romanus

 

 xv

 

 FMR xv

 

 Pars Mediana Romae

 

 xvi-xvii

 

 FMR xvi and FMR xviii

 

 Africa

 

 275

 

 FMR 275

 

 Gallia Comata et Provincia Romana 345

 

 345

 

 FMR 345

 

 Africa in Relation to the Mediterranean World

 

  

 

  

 

 at the Time of Gaius Marius 372

 

 372

 

 FMR 372

 

 Regiones Italiae556

 

 556

 

 FMR 556

 

 The Trek of the Germans 688-689

 

 688-689

 

 FMR 688

 

 The Germans—Invasion of Italy699

 

 699

 

 FMR 699

 

 
 

 

 
 

 

 
 

 

 
ILLUSTRATIONS

 

 
 

 

 
 

 

  

 

  

 

  

 

 Gaius Marius xx

 

 xx

 

 FMR xx

 

 Lucius Cornelius Sulla2

 

 2

 

 FMR 002

 

 Gaius Julius Caesar178

 

 178

 

 FMR 178

 

 Quintus Caecilius Metellus Numidicus252

 

 252

 

 FMR 252

 

 Quintus Sertorius 316

 

 316

 

 FMR 316

 

 Publius Rutilius Rufus356

 

 356

 

 FMR 356

 

 Aurelia402

 

 402

 

 FMR 402

 

 Aurelia's Insula 457

 

 457

 

 FMR 457

 

 House of Marcus Livius Drusus469

 

 469

 

 FMR 469

 

 Quintus Lutatius Catulus Caesar564

 

 564

 

 FMR 564

 

 Marcus Aemilius Scaurus 784

 

 784

 

 FMR 784

 

 Roman Magistrates 995

 

 995

 

 FMR 995

 

 Shape of Toga1037

 

 1037

 

 FMR 1037

 

 Caesar's Dining Room1043

 

 1043

 

 FMR 1043

 

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THE FIRST MAN IN ROME

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THE MAIN CHARACTERS

 

Caepio

Quintus Servilius Caepio, consul 106 B.C.

Quintus Servilius Caepio Junior, his son

Servilia Caepionis, his daughter

 

Caesar

Gaius Julius Caesar, senator

Marcia of the Marcii Reges, his wife, mother of:

Sextus Julius Caesar, his older son

Gaius Julius Caesar Junior, his younger son

Julia Major (Julia), his older daughter

Julia Minor (Julilla), his younger daughter

 

Cotta

Marcus Aurelius Cotta, praetor (date unknown)

Rutilia, his wife; her first husband: his brother, Lucius

Aurelius Cotta, consul 118 B.C. (died straight after)

Aurelia, his stepdaughter and niece

Lucius Aurelius Cotta, his stepson and nephew

Gaius, Marcus, and Lucius Aurelius Cotta, his sons by Rutilia

 

Decumius

Lucius Decumius, custodian of a crossroads college

 

Drusus

Marcus Livius Drusus Censor, consul 112 B.C., censor 109 B.C. (died in office)

Cornelia Scipionis, his estranged wife, mother of:

Marcus Livius Drusus, his older son

Mamercus Aemilius Lepidus Livianus, his younger

son, adopted out as a child

Livia Drusa, his daughter

 

Glaucia

Gaius Servilius Glaucia, tribune of the plebs 102 B.C., praetor 100 B.C.

 

Jugurtha

Jugurtha, King of Numidia, bastard son of Mastanabal Bomilcar, his half brother and baron

 

Marius

Gaius Marius

Grania from Puteoli, his first wife

Martha of Syria, a prophetess

 

Metellus

Lucius Caecilius Metellus Dalmaticus Pontifex Maximus, consul 119 B.C., older brother of:

Quintus Caecilius Metellus Numidicus, consul 109 B.C., censor 102 B.C.

Quintus Caecilius Metellus Pius, son of Numidicus

Caecilia Metella Dalmatica, niece and ward of Numidicus, daughter of Dalmaticus

 

Rutilius Rufus

Publius Rutilius Rufus, consul 105 B.C.

Livia of the Drusi, his deceased wife, sister of Marcus Livius Drusus Censor

Rutilia of the Rufi, his sister, widow of Lucius Aurelius Cotta, wife of Marcus Aurelius Cotta

 

Saturninus

Lucius Appuleius Saturninus, tribune of the plebs 103 and 100 B.C.

 

Scaurus

Marcus Aemilius Scaurus Princeps Senatus, consul

115 B.C., censor 109 B.C.

Marcus Aemilius Scaurus Junior, his son by his first wife

 

Sertorius

Quintus Sertorius, cadet and military tribune

Ria of the Marii, his mother, cousin of Gaius Marius

 

Sulla

Lucius Cornelius Sulla, quaestor 107 B.C., legate

Clitumna from Umbria, his stepmother, aunt of Lucius Gavius Stichus

Nicopolis the freedwoman, his mistress

Metrobius, an adolescent child star of the comedy theater

 

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