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I was asked to start this thread and now I have, I can begin it but the topic is so vast. Colleen McCullough has written six fabulous novels charting the lives of leading Roman figures through from Marius to Julius Caesar. All these men are brilliant, ambitious, bloody and not very nice in many ways, but Caesar has always been my historical hero simply because he was the most brilliant tactician. Through McCullough's intensely researched project, you get to see how Caesar was inspired by Marius. He was nearly bereft of any political or army career and his place in history by Sulla - um, I think. I have read the novels several times but there is so much stuff there that it's hard still to get it all in the right order. The first book in the series, First Man In Rome, begins with Marius and how this upstart from Picenum used his wealth to gain clout by marrying into the impoverished Julian family. He becomes general of the Roman forces, bringing in the change that the soldiers no longer need be of family and able to buy their own weapons, armour, etc. He builds up an army paid for by the state. He is consul of Rome 6 times. Sulla is of a noble family brought to ruin; so poor they don't have even one slave! He murders to gain money and get his career going. He joins the army with Marius and the two eventually become rivals even though they are brothers-in-law at one stage. Damn! I'm going to have to read them all again...Please someone help me continue this thread and jog my memory. I'll get reading!
Set in the late 1700's, McCullough focuses on the hardships Richard Morgan endures throughout the book. After suffering several tragedies, he is falsely accused, and sent to New south Wales on a slave ship.