"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 B.C. 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.
Rich with 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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Abridgment gutted a wonderful book
I have to agree with a previous reviewer in that this abridgment is just too thin and too much depth and character is missing from what is a masterpiece of historical fiction. People who are interested in this subject matter want the detail and Colleen McCullough did an outstanding job researching the period for this series; it seems a waste to not let it flourish in audio.
Where is the unabridged work?
These books or tomes are not conducive to abridgement. Books on tape used to have the full versions where are those.
The First Man in Rome
This is a greatly abridged version of the book, and it should have been listed as such. I would never have purchased it had I known. I started reading the full, unabridged book, then bought this to supplement, not realizing so much was missing.