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Excellent reconstruction of ancient Rome,
This review is from: Fortune's Favourites (Masters of Rome Book 3) (Kindle Edition)
This is book 3 in McCullough's massive 6 book series which must be read in order, and suffers a little from being a pivotal book in the sequence that has to be got through before she can move on with her story. It covers the decline and deaths of Marius and Sulla, the rise of Pompey, and the childhood and early life of Julius Caesar.
McCullough is superb on treating the minutiae of Roman life and never fights shy of intricate political debates and speeches. Her evocation of Rome is exemplary, and gives a far more accurate picture of the culture than all those books full of sex, corruption and decadence (the Romans would have been horrified!)
This probably isn't for anyone wanting adventures with gladiators or the legions, as it pays attention to the senate, to the political nuances of the republic, and the in-fighting that takes place between the leading political families.
There are moments where the book falls a little into soap opera territory but overall this is probably the next best thing to reading the actual historical sources.
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Initial post: 22 Dec 2013 15:19:58 GMT
John Hopper says:
They're marvellous, aren't they? And I'm so pleased that the first 5 are now out in Kindle :)
In reply to an earlier post on 22 Dec 2013 16:39:43 GMT
Roman Clodia says:
Yes, brilliant reads and a much-needed antidote to all the rubbish that's written about Rome - I'm looking forward to a re-read now that they're portable on Kindle.
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