The First Man in Rome

The First Man in Rome From the bestselling author of The Thorn Birds comes a masterpiece of historical fiction that is fascinating moving and gloriously heroic The reader is swept into the whirlpool of pageantry passion

  • Title: The First Man in Rome
  • Author: Colleen McCullough
  • ISBN: 9780380710812
  • Page: 168
  • Format: Paperback
  • From the bestselling author of The Thorn Birds comes a masterpiece of historical fiction that is fascinating, moving, and gloriously heroic The reader is swept into the whirlpool of pageantry, passion, splendor, chaos and earth shattering upheaval that was ancient Rome Here is the story of Marius, wealthy but lowborn, and Sulla, aristocratic but penniless and debauched From the bestselling author of The Thorn Birds comes a masterpiece of historical fiction that is fascinating, moving, and gloriously heroic The reader is swept into the whirlpool of pageantry, passion, splendor, chaos and earth shattering upheaval that was ancient Rome Here is the story of 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.A towering saga of great events and mortal frailties, it is peopled with a vast, and vivid cast of unforgettable men and women soldiers and senators, mistresses and wives, kings and commoners combined in a richly embroidered human tapestry to bring a remarkable era to bold and breathtaking life.

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    1. Colleen McCullough

      Colleen Margaretta McCullough was an Australian author known for her novels, her most well known being The Thorn Birds and Tim.Raised by her mother in Wellington and then Sydney, McCullough began writing stories at age 5 She flourished at Catholic schools and earned a physiology degree from the University of New South Wales in 1963 Planning become a doctor, she found that she had a violent allergy to hospital soap and turned instead to neurophysiology the study of the nervous system s functions She found jobs first in London and then at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut After her beloved younger brother Carl died in 1965 at age 25 while rescuing two drowning women in the waters off Crete, a shattered McCullough quit writing She finally returned to her craft in 1974 with Tim, a critically acclaimed novel about the romance between a female executive and a younger, mentally disabled gardener As always, the author proved her toughest critic Actually, she said, it was an icky book, saccharine sweet A year later, while on a paltry 10,000 annual salary as a Yale researcher, McCullough just Col to her friends began work on the sprawling The Thorn Birds, about the lives and loves of three generations of an Australian family Many of its details were drawn from her mother s family s experience as migrant workers, and one character, Dane, was based on brother Carl Though some reviews were scathing, millions of readers worldwide got caught up in her tales of doomed love and other natural calamities The paperback rights sold for an astonishing 1.9 million In all, McCullough wrote 11 novels.Source people article colleen

    805 thoughts on “The First Man in Rome”

    1. If I could have sex with this book, I would.Nothing I write can really do justice to why I love this book so much. I've just finished it for at least the 4th time (most likely the 5th), and the series will probably serve as my comfort read whenever I'm in a book slump. They're great and awesome and a guaranteed satisfying read. They've spoiled me for pretty much all other HF out there, no matter the time period. Apart from Patrick O'Brian, no other author has seemed to capture an era so brillian [...]


    2. Upravo sam juce na FB-u pisala o ovom serijalu zato sto se tek sada pojavio prvi deo u Hrvatskoj komentar je na FB stranici Povijesni romani prevod srpskog izdanja je zastao - prevodilica je stigla do dela gde treba da ubije Cezara a to joj se nikako ne da :) Prevodi su dobri, Zermen je veliki poznavalac Starog Rima :) I detalj nepoznat široj javnosti Srpski čitaoci mogu da zahvale direktno meni i mojoj neiscrpnoj upornosti da dobru knjigu doteram do čitaoca 5 godina sam molila i kumila i ube [...]


    3. Monthly group read with Historical Fictionistas!A solid four stars, which will probably get bumped up to five once I get a chance to reread this in its entirety rather than listening to the abridged audiobook. Don't get me wrong, the audiobook is fantastic, but abridged. *shrugs* DOS did a fantastic job reading, as I knew he would, and McCullough's research shines through each of these characters. I don't know how much of each character was made up and how much was historical fact (aside from Ga [...]


    4. There is something terribly reassuring about being in politics to enrich oneself. It's normal. It's human. It's forgivable. It's understandable. The ones to watch are the ones who are in politics to change the world. They do real damage, the power-men and the altruists.I've always been hesitant about reading The First Man in Rome, Colleen McCullough's magnum opus about the Roman Republic. I just didn't know what to expect, and the size of the book (my very large hardcopy version had 700+ pages) [...]


    5. a larger-than-life, fascinating novelHalfway through this book, I found myself with eyes full of dark circles. That's when I realized that I haven't had a full night's sleep since picking up this novel. Which in turn made me wonder at my reluctance towards reading another Colleen McCullough book (my previous book by her was, unfortunately, less than memorable). Suffice to say, after reading The First Man in Rome, I am now more than willing to eat my words and bow at the brilliance of McCullough' [...]


    6. This book is justa collosal achievement. The Thornbirds is just "eh" for me, her take on P&P made me really appreciate her as a skilled author and storytellerbut THIS book makes me revere and idolize her as one of the best authors in existance.This is an almost 1000 page book about the ancient Roman senate, and I was addicted to every single word. How awesome is that? I was terrified to start it, when I glanced over the almost 300 page glossary, all I could think was "man, what if I'm not sm [...]


    7. I've read the entire Man in Rome series - TWICE. 900 plus pages per book. My all-time-favorite books. I'd read them all yet again should I feel so compelled. I tried to get them all in hard-bound so I could keep them for my grandson to read. I'm only missing the one I loaned out. (Dang, I shouldn't do that!) In my opinion there is not a more definitive, comprehensive, and well researched set of novels written about the Roman Empire, Caesar in particular. Love history? Read, read, read!


    8. First I have to compliment Colleen McCullough on her research. Truly an outstanding effort and very praiseworthy. Her glossary at the end of the book is excellent and one which I have referred back to more then once for just general information. Having said that I now have to state that the entire series has been going down in quality since the second installment The Grass Crown. With the first two novels it is apparent that Ms. McCullough wrote them more or less simultaneously over a period of [...]


    9. I started to get more interested in ancient Rome (particularly the Republic) after the HBO series started. I read Tom Holland's excellent Rubicon and knew I needed more--especially on Marius and Sulla, two of the most fascinating characters of this or any historical period. When I learned of McCullough's series, I began with this one and was immediately hooked. I've read all seven, but my favorites are the first 3 or 4.I really appreciated the way she was faithful to the known history but filled [...]


    10. I'll keep this brief, a lot has already been said in the other reviews. The book does a decent job if you're interested in this fascinating period of the roman revolution. However, summarizing; it's over-long, the beginning (100+ pages) it's very disorganized, the narrative tricks get really old (the use of letters to cover historical and plot gaps is extremely annoying), the coverage of battles is minimal, the ending stretches far too long. On the upside, the senate scenes are good and convinci [...]


    11. The First Man In Rome by Colleen McCullough is a door-stopper of a book. Without the 100 page glossary, it clocks in at 931 pages. The premise of the book is that it details the rise to power of Gaius Marius, also known as the third founder of Rome. There's politics, sex, and war. Really, you would think the First Man in Rome would be right up my alley and take a short time for me to read. Eh, wrong.Read the rest of my review here


    12. This novel was highly recommended to me by a co-worker who knew I'd liked I, Claudius and Imperium: A Novel of Ancient Rome. He said that although Colleen McCullough is best known for The Thorn Birds, she is actually a well-respected authority on ancient Rome.I have to admit that I approached The First Man in Rome with a lot of skepticism. It sat on my shelf for two years before circumstances compelled me to start it and within 10 pages I was hooked. I found it to be a compelling read, so much s [...]


    13. Okay, to be honest, I didn't finished this one. I was hoping more of a historical focused novel, rather than a fiction-romance with some historical background. So, I guess, 2 out of 5.


    14. This book blew my mind in the mid-90s. It's long, but extremely addictive reading. Until the moment I started this tome, which was recommended to me by my highschool latin and classical civilisations teacher in the ninth grade, I never fancied myself a reader of historical fiction. But this is just a grate novel in every respect. McCullough can write with equal confidence and arresting zeal about domestic, familial conflicts, or huge military campaigns involving the great Legions of Rome, and ma [...]


    15. At long last.Whenever I decide to give a new author a shot, I tend to stay away from the doorstoppers. Nothing against long novels, but the possibility of a very long mediocrity isn't appealing with my to-read list bobbing at 60. That said, I have a deep fascination for late Republic/early Empire Roman material, fact or fiction, and so I was willing to throw the dice on this one, and the results as you can see were mixed. From a story perspective, this is a tough review. Parts of the novel were [...]


    16. Conste que lo he intentado. 650 pags leídas (57%), pero tiro la toalla.Está muy, muy bien ambientado. Demasiado bien para mi gusto en novela. Porque yo busco una novela, no una profusión asfixiante de detalles de la época.En novela histórica suelo tirar de búsquedas en la Red por curiosidad, pero con esta novela no me quedaban ganas. Cantidad de nombres parecidos me hacían releer varias veces para aclararme, páginas dedicadas a costumbres y ropajes, comidas y organización política. Y l [...]


    17. After 180 pages I put this down in disgust. I just couldn't choke down any more of the flat characters, out-of-place dicticism, and stupid plotting.I went into this hesitant because I'm already predisposed to not like historical fiction. I ended up not liking it but largely not for the reasons I thought I wouldn't like it. This book just felt like bad, bad writing.I realize that part of the problem is that McCullough needs to "educate" her readers. But the explanation, for instance, of Sulla's p [...]


    18. This is a truly amazing work of scholarship and creativity. I had been looking for something to help me understand the Roman Republic and in McCullough, I have found it! It brings the Roman Republic to life in a way that non-fiction cannot. This book is addictive and I will read the next one in the series, "The Grass Crown".McCullough gives us possible personalities, motives, priorities and character traits of the major players in the rise to power of Gaius Marius. I learned how the Roman army r [...]


    19. This was always going to be daunting - 1000 pages about an era I know nothing about, with a cast of dozens who each have at least three unpronounceable names to get my head around, plus the prospect of long wars and dreary politics which never hold my attention - so when my GR friend Diane Lynn also expressed an interest in reading it, the thought of tackling it as a buddy read was very appealing!There was a lot to enjoy, particularly Sulla's antics which started out as crazy debauched fun and e [...]


    20. another reread of an all time favorite, again I have no idea how many so far but 10+ reads; still as engrossing as on first read and keeping its place in my top 5 books/series of all time - books 1-3 are just awesome, while the rest are excellent though marred by the author's deification of Caesar Marius and Sulla and an extraordinary supporting cast with high stakes politics, war, love, murders, and the best panoramic historical recreation of an era I've ever read


    21. I'm late to the Masters of Rome party, so I will only say that this is truly one of the greatest series of all time and an incredible recreation of Rome in the time of the Crisis of the Republic. 8000 pages are not enough for what the writer is doing in these books. Colleen McCullough is a genius!



    22. Vispirms par smieklīgo. Darbs ir kolosāla apjoma: apmēram 1200 lpp. Visu cieņu autorei, tulkotājai un izdevniecībai. Bet tad tu paņem grāmatu rokās (man tas nejauši sanāca, kad biju izlasījusi nieka pirmās 600 lpp.) un uz 4. vāka izlasi aprakstu, ka šī grāmata esot par "bagātu, bet zemas izcelsmes sievieti Mariju un nabadzībā grimušo aristokrātu Sullu". Lieki teikt, ka ne pirmajās, ne nākamajās 600 lappusēs neparādās neviena Marija. Toties visa grāmata stāsta par iz [...]


    23. I finishedwhat a sense of accomplishment! I had wanted to start McCullough’s Rome series for the longest time, but was scared to death of it because I knew nothing of the time period and then there’s the massive size of this book. Peeking at the first few pages and seeing the character names would send my head spinning. Names like Spurius Postumius Albinus and Quintus Lutatius Catulus, and if three names isn’t enough, then throw in Lucius Caecilius Metellus Dalmaticus Pontifex Maximus (yes [...]


    24. Well ghosh I've finished and what a book! I'm not sure if I have the energy to write this review but I better write one before my brain falls backwards in its skull and goes into hibernation. I'm feeling a little dizzy at the moment. I have just been living in the Roman times with togas and centurions galore and I'm not quite ready for the real world. My head feels like you do after you've just come off a merry go round - I'm standing still but everything else is just spinning around in a mad co [...]


    25. If anyone asks me for a "good book" rec, I suggest McCullough's Masters of Rome series - after finding out if they like history. Because there's plenty! The detailed passages explaining the ins and outs of the Roman senate and how it all worked are not boring because McCullough is a born storyteller and can make even the driest, dustiest stuff interesting. Her characters, people who lived over 2000 years ago, are bonafide historical figures who actually existed and she brings them to vibrant lif [...]


    26. Wow. This book is the very definition of epic. A bit too slow at times and am glad this is a series so I can catch up to a few of the characters presented in this book.


    27. Anyone following my reviews knows by now how unsettling it is for me to disagree with prevailing sentiment about the quality of a book. The First Man in Rome is universally acclaimed, and so I really felt like there was something wrong with me when I found that I was, at best, feeling "meh" about it.I am a fanatic about ancient history, and that of the Roman Republic in particular. McCullough is right to hone in on the absolutely incredible intricacies of the Roman Social Wars and the Jugurthine [...]


    28. To every reader there is a book that stops you in your tracks, and not for a good reason. More a book that just goes on and on, and literally just chews up your time, patience and turns you off reading. This book is one of them.Having read Colleen McCullough before(and still will) I was keen to read the Masters of Rome series. After this book I will continue no further.In the end I failed to finish this book, despite being really interested in how it may have played out. 550/781, and I just coul [...]


    29. I want to register my displeasure with this series of books, and this place is as good a forum as any. The series begins with the lives of Sulla (Dictator of Rome) and Gaius Marius, and culminates some time after the death of Caesar (hope that isnt a spoiler). While Ms. McCullogh has done an admirable amount of research and the books are exceedingly accurate historically, the books quickly become bogged down in minutae of Roman life in general and the Senate in particular. The series devolves in [...]


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