The Grass Crown
From the best-selling author of The First Man in Rome comes the second book in the continuing saga of the downfall of one of civilization’s earliest attempts at democracy — the Republic of Rome. The career of Gaius Marius — victorious general and six-time consul of Rome — is in decline. But the... show more
From the best-selling author of The First Man in Rome comes the second book in the continuing saga of the downfall of one of civilization’s earliest attempts at democracy — the Republic of Rome.
The career of Gaius Marius — victorious general and six-time consul of Rome — is in decline. But the aging Marius seeks an unprecedented and prophesied seventh consulship — setting him at odds with the brilliant, tormented Lucius Cornelius Sulla, once Marius’s valued right-hand man, now his most dangerous rival.
Against a backdrop of civil war, massacre, and conspiracy these two men vie for political dominance — and must also contend with forces that threaten Rome’s very survival: rebellion in the neighboring Italian states and the machinations of a barbaric Eastern conqueror.
More than a chronicle of historic clashes and great events, The Grass Crown brings to life the men, women, and children who will help shape the future of the Western world — and whose acts of courage, passion, and treachery interweave to create an enthralling and relentlessly paced story of a remarkable society and a glorious epoch.
Matchless in its detail, rich with true and recognizable human emotions, The Grass Crown brilliantly celebrates the triumphs and tragedies of a world long gone — one in which we can see ourselves hauntingly reflected.
Publish date: 1991-10-28
Publisher: William Morrow & Co. (NYC)
Pages no: 894
Edition language: English
, Historical Fiction
, Literary Fiction
Series: Masters of Rome (#2)
Series: Masters of Rome #2 Boy, that felt long! I don’t know my ancient Roman history very well, so I can’t judge how faithful McCullough was to all the facts, but she makes Roman politics sound absolutely mad. Well, all politics are a bit mad, but this runs the gamut from simple bribery to murd...
This is the second book in the Masters of Rome series begun in The First Man in Rome. That first man was unmistakenly Gaius Marius, a flawed but still admirable figure who married Julia, an aunt of Julius Caesar, making him a brother-in-law to Lucius Cornelius Sulla. A secondary character in the fir...
The follow up to The First Man in Rome, and the rivalry begins between Gaius Marius and Lucius Cornelius Sulla. And in the city of Rome, a little boy is starting to grow up. Wonderful read, but you should read TFMiR first, to get the basics down. One of my favourite novels, and a desert island keepe...