Authors: Colleen McCullough
Tags: #Fiction, #Historical
"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 . . .
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
historical fiction . . .
As compelling as any novel of contemporary power seekers."
"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."
"A GREAT GOLIATH OF A NOVEL . . Perhaps the most thoroughly researched historical novel ever written.. . A genuine tour de force."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
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."
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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
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Pars Mediana Romae
FMR xvi and FMR xviii
Gallia Comata et Provincia Romana 345
Africa in Relation to the Mediterranean World
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at the Time of Gaius Marius 372
The Trek of the Germans 688-689
The Germans—Invasion of Italy699
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Gaius Marius xx
Lucius Cornelius Sulla2
Gaius Julius Caesar178
Quintus Caecilius Metellus Numidicus252
Quintus Sertorius 316
Publius Rutilius Rufus356
Aurelia's Insula 457
House of Marcus Livius Drusus469
Quintus Lutatius Catulus Caesar564
Marcus Aemilius Scaurus 784
Roman Magistrates 995
Shape of Toga1037
Caesar's Dining Room1043
THE FIRST MAN IN ROME
THE MAIN CHARACTERS
Quintus Servilius Caepio, consul 106 B.C.
Quintus Servilius Caepio Junior, his son
Servilia Caepionis, his daughter
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
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
Lucius Decumius, custodian of a crossroads college
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
Gaius Servilius Glaucia, tribune of the plebs 102 B.C., praetor 100 B.C.
Jugurtha, King of Numidia, bastard son of Mastanabal Bomilcar, his half brother and baron
Grania from Puteoli, his first wife
Martha of Syria, a prophetess
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
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
Lucius Appuleius Saturninus, tribune of the plebs 103 and 100 B.C.
Marcus Aemilius Scaurus Princeps Senatus, consul
115 B.C., censor 109 B.C.
Marcus Aemilius Scaurus Junior, his son by his first wife
Quintus Sertorius, cadet and military tribune
Ria of the Marii, his mother, cousin of Gaius Marius
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