- Paperback: 1072 pages
- Publisher: Arrow; New edition edition (17 Nov. 1994)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0099792400
- ISBN-13: 978-0099792406
- Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 4.7 x 17.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,064,475 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Grass Crown (Masters of Rome) Paperback – 17 Nov 1994
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Top Customer Reviews
McCullough is excellent at sticking to the sources and yet bringing the characters and events to real life. No-one is a single-dimensional hero or villain, and the moral complexities of the age are delineated marvellously.
This is a little-known period of history, and McCullough is excellent at conveying the unease and political turbulence that was to eventually brind down the Republic.
I would recommend it to all of you who,like me,love reading about ancient Rome,its life,turmoils,ups and downs and great Romans who created world history.But also, i think "Grass crown" is deffinitely must read for everybody who appriciate GOOD book!
Colleen McCullough has been one of my favourite authors ever since I read this book many years ago. Her research on the subject and her feel for the period of history she is writing about is second to none. The only slight criticism that I have with the books on Rome and it is probably outside the author's control is that the books are so detailed that the number of characters that become part of the story is so large that it is sometimes difficult to keep track of them all, but this is a small price to pay for the enjoyment the books give the reader.
The First Man in Rome begins the series and the reader is introduced to Gaius Marius, one of Rome's greatest and most successful generals. Wealthy but from a low born family. A man who has pulled himself up by his boot straps and on the other side of the coin, Cornelius Sulla, a man from well bred stock. Both men have a driving ambition, both want to be the `The First Man in Rome'. There ambition drives them forward and will lay the foundations for the greatest empire known to mankind.
In the Grass Crown Gaius Marius is aging and not a well man but sheer strength of will continues to drive forward the man who conquered Germany and Numdia. After all was it not foretold all those long years ago that he would be consul of Rome for an unprecedented seventh time. It is a prize that will not be gained easily. There are many who would like to see him fall, not least Lucius Cornelius Sulla, once his most trusted right hand man but now his most dangerous rival . . .
It is about a very sad era in Rome, with the republican institutions in precipitous decline as powerful generals rise, whose troops are more loyal to them than to the Roman Republic. The descent into barbarism is horrific and brilliantly delineated by McCullough, who has done a superb job of historical research. Just as Marius' star is waning - and his decline from the great and far-thinking man he was makes for depressing reading - so Sulla's time has arrived.
I do not know of a better way to live in a different era than historical novels. This series is so masterly, so fascinating in detail, and so fast-moving in plot and action that it is one of the best that I have ever read. Warmly recommended.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Colleen McCullough is masterful at presenting the "tempera et mores" of the Roman era, and clothing it in a bloomin' good yarn based on known facts. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Cardinal Biggles
Colleen McCullough brings ancient Rome to life in ways no other author of historical fiction comes close. Read morePublished 9 months ago by chidi
A thoroughly interesting read- well written, complex and packed full of wide-ranging historical information. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Amazon Customer
Excellent purchase, excellent book, very well pleased with this book and would thoroughly recommend it to anyone interested in Roman historyPublished 13 months ago by John J. Rafferty