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Excellent reconstruction of ancient rome,
This review is from: Fortune's Favourites (Masters of Rome) (Paperback)
This is book 3 in McCullough's massive 6 book series, and suffers a little from being a pivotal book that has to be got through before she can move on with her story.
It covers the rise of Pompey, the childhood and early life of Julius Caesar, and the decline and deaths of Marius and Sulla.
McCullough is superb on treating the minutiae of Roman life and never fights shy of intricate political debates and speeches. This is probably the next best thing to reading the actual historical sources.