“The First Man
in Rome was not the best man: he was the First among other men who were his
equals…To be the First Man in Rome was something far better than kingship…”
In the first century BC, at the height of the Roman Republic, two men
set their sights on becoming the First Man—the Roman more respected than any
other. Marius, a heroic man of strength and means, lacks the noble blood to
contend for the First Man but overcomes his common status when he marries into
the patrician house of Caesar. Sulla, a pleasure-seeking aristocrat without
money of his own, is transformed by his ambitions into a fierce and daring
warrior. Together the two men will shape history as they are thrust into a
raging storm, engaging in deadly political contests and waging far-off wars for
a state battling to hold on to its enormous power.
unforgettable characters and unerring historical accuracy, The First
Man in Rome is a vivid tale of power, treachery, and a great Republic
hurtling towards civil war.
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