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Masters of Rome
from Marius to Caesar
About the site

Welcome to the Masters of Rome website. This site describes the history of late Republican Rome, as depicted in the series of novels by Colleen McCullough:

  • First Man in Rome
  • The Grass Crown
  • Fortune's Favourites [not yet included]
  • Caesar's Women [not yet included]
  • Caesar [not yet included]
  • The October Horse? [planned]

The late Republic was a time when external threats and the demands of a growing Empire were straining the Roman system of government to breaking point. This led to the rise of a succession of military strong men and ultimately to the imperial system of government.

This site tries to provide readers of the books with

In some areas I have supplemented the contents of the books with information from other sources. I hope that this resource will enrich the enjoyment of everyone reading the books, especially if not reading them in order, or reading them separated by long intervals. Not everyone can later remember why Metellus Numidicus went into exile, who Marcus Furius was or when Scaurus married Dalmatica.

This site does not analyse the characters' motivation. It is not intended as literary criticism, just a summary of the events and relationships.

Printable version ©Mark Emerson 2001. Acknowledgements to Steven H. Gibbs, Randy Winch and Tim Doyle. Back to top of page ^