Anyone like historical fiction? This great series by Colleen McCullough is a great collection describing the last days of the Roman Republic. Starting with Gaius Marius and ending with Antony and Cleopatra. Her research into the history of the period is extensive. All the details are there. All your favorite Roman characters of the past are represented. What's really great about it is the life she gives to real historical figures: Caesar and his generals, Cicero, Sulla, Marius, and many others. All the minor players have their own human foibles and talents showcased. Set within the historical action of the period she gives real personality to all these important figures in history.
Masters of Rome series by Colleen McCullough
- The first book of the series details Gaius Marius and his rise to consul...7 times!
- The second book details a very colorful Lucius Cornelius Sulla. Low class patrician making good and becoming dictator.
- The third and fourth details Caesar in his younger days and his rise to power.
- The fifth an sixth volume's describe Caesar at his full height of power and his eventual murder.
- The last and seventh book is the tragedy of Antony and Cleopatra and the rise of Augustus.
Reading this series may help to improve an interest in Roman History. It goes well with the texts, documentaries, and movies available on the subject. Especially, on the religious and political psychology of the day. In there time, one can suppose that it would be called philosophy. The Greek and Persian worlds and their ideas are all represented in these volumes. Kudos to Colleen McCullough and her massive effort to describe the past and it's lessons.