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The Grass Crown By Colleen McCullough The Grass Crown In this great drama Marius the general who saved Rome from barbarian invasion and became consul an unprecedented six times has fallen into decline Sulla his closest associate has withdrawn himsel

  • Title: The Grass Crown
  • Author: Colleen McCullough
  • ISBN: 9780380710829
  • Page: 189
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Grass Crown By Colleen McCullough In this great drama, Marius, the general who saved Rome from barbarian invasion and became consul an unprecedented six times, has fallen into decline Sulla, his closest associate, has withdrawn himself from his commander s circle in preparation for his own bid for power As a deadly enmity develops between the two men, Rome must fight its own battle for survival first aIn this great drama, Marius, the general who saved Rome from barbarian invasion and became consul an unprecedented six times, has fallen into decline Sulla, his closest associate, has withdrawn himself from his commander s circle in preparation for his own bid for power As a deadly enmity develops between the two men, Rome must fight its own battle for survival first against her neighbouring Italian states, then against the barbaric Asian conqueror Births, deaths, prophecies and rivalries combine to create a whirlwind of drama, and a remarkable insight into the passion and torment of ancient Rome.
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    1. Ahmad Sharabiani on said:

      The Grass Crown Masters of Rome 2 , Colleen McCulloughThe Grass Crown is the second historical novel in Colleen McCullough s Masters of Rome series, published in 1991 The novel opens shortly after the action of The First Man in Rome Gaius Marius and Lucius Cornelius Sulla eat dinner together with their wives, and discuss the threat presented by Mithridates VI of Pontus and Tigranes II of Armenia 2009 .

    2. Karla on said:

      I used to think this book was greater than The First Man in Rome, but now that I ve re read it again, I have to say that it s not exactly as good as I thought it was First Man rose in my estimation on a re read, this was slightly lowered, so now I think they re pretty much even.The elements that make it great are all here, except for one I d forgotten that Publius Rutilius Rufus letters barely make an appearance and I sorely missed them Not that he dies, but he s in no position to be informing o [...]

    3. Nate on said:

      Edit 9 12 14 I m kind of doing a quick run through of this again before tackling Fortune s Favorites to refresh myself on the billion people, places and events and I have to admit I was probably being a bad moody, picky little bitch when I gave this four stars originally Shameful It certainly deserves five stars When you have a book that veers from vicious, sprawling oratorial battles in the Senate to profound psychological portraits of truly legendary people to scenes like the one in which Mith [...]

    4. Douglas on said:

      Ok, I can admit it I m an ancient Rome junkie, and Colleen McCullough is my dealer Nobody not even the venerable Robert Graves, or Marguerite Yourcenar, can write a crackling, entertaining AND factually nails on story of Ancient Roman politics, history and characters like McCullough Thanks to her books I can describe the difference between a praetor and a consul, and understand that great Roman leaders didn t just start with Julius Caesar This book mostly covers the period of the dictator Sulla [...]

    5. Jeff on said:

      This is the second book in McCullough s series of books on the fall of the Roman Republic and rise of the empire under the Caesars In terms of style and substance, it s similar to The First Man in Rome, dealing with the same characters and themes, albeit later in their lives.Where as Marius was the primary character and Sulla was secondary in the first book of the series, the two trade places here Marius is older and will soon be sidelined by a younger generation and a stroke Moreover, his unpre [...]

    6. Konstanze on said:

      I am, quite frankly, in awe of the amount of research and detail that went into this book This is how historical fiction should be respecting the uniqueness of cultures far removed from ours, but unflinching in the face of the alienness and brutality that were inherent to these periods unlike the pretty costume fests that historical fiction is usually Quite frankly, after studying Greek and Roman history for a semester I vowed I d never spent a single minute on it again less due to the subject i [...]

    7. Tom on said:

      Wow, 800 pages and where did it go Ms McCullough does an outstanding job of bringing Republic Rome to life Excellent character development, fast moving, hooking plot and all based on true events and historic reasearch.This second book in the series covers Lucius Cornelius Sulla s rise to being First Man, and then things go nuts Blood, blood and blood.McCullough creates vivid, believable and lovable characters, and avoids getting bogged down in historical detail showing off , but works in an app [...]

    8. Jane on said:

      A mixed bag Flashes of genius interspersed with long stretches of tedium and density Rise of Sulla and Fall of Gaius Marius List of characters woefully incomplete Line drawings good but maps and diagrams poor I do not understand reasoning for all the very positive reviews 2.5 5.

    9. Christin on said:

      I was a horrible classics student I barely read the books and I couldn t remember the dates or names of anything other than the obvious characters and events But I could remember fun details and things that were amusing to me Killing someone by pouring molten gold down their throat is one of those things So when Mithridiates tells a consul who knows what his name was, SEE SEE you ll get your precious gold, I squealed OH SHIT clapped my hands with glee, and giggled for the rest of the scene There [...]

    10. Brandt on said:

      The easiest way to become an expert in the end of the roman republic, and later, the end of Ceasar, is to read this series.Historical novels always walks a line of historical correctness and entertainment, i thought this series managed to provide both, which is an impressive feat considering the extensive amount of information available for this time period.This series follows the most important romans and their families for two generations.The rise to power of the succesful battlecommander Gaiu [...]

    11. Danielle on said:

      I love this series McCullough is such a good writerher pacing, characterization, and style are all fantastic I also enjoy reading about a period of ancient Rome that I am not as familiar with I did enjoy The First Man in Rome slightly than this one I think because there was of a rise to glory theme in the first book as opposed to this one s fall from grace Still so fantastic though.

    12. Sonia Wilde on said:

      Le promesse del primo libro vengono tutte mantenute in questo seguito, la cui prima parte devo ammetterlo scorre molto pi velocemente della seconda non perch quest ultima sia meno interessante ma piuttosto per la grande maggioranza di dettagli contenuti in ogni riga saltarne una significherebbe perdere qualche informazione preziosa e bisogna stare attenti ad ogni riga Opera notevole per una scrittrice e una sfida decisamente ardua per un lettore la cui passione non viene mai meno anche perch stu [...]

    13. Becky on said:

      This is the second book in Colleen McCullough s Masters of Rome series, following The First Man in Rome It covers the period from 99 86 B.C Since I know very little about the history of ancient Rome I learned a great deal from this detailed account which is largely a story of political intrigue, civil war and upheaval I also found it to be very suspenseful and proved that truth can be stranger than fiction The central characters are Lucius Cornelius Sulla and Gaius Marius, both of whom were feat [...]

    14. James Burns on said:

      Great book, as historically accurate as for events and characters as a historical novel can be I was so into this book I could physically experience the events to smelling tasting and the heartbreak that the characters experienced, it was so realistic to me that I was dreading the end of the book I came to Identify with one of the main characters Gaius Marius, I was wishing that I could skip over the ending because I didn t want here about his last days and his death, which is was familiar with [...]

    15. Murray on said:

      In this, the second of the Masters of Rome series, we learn about the remarkable Sulla His ability to casually murder those who will thereby aid his rise to power, has already been established in the first book His pursuit of the Grass Crown recognition by a Legion of the brilliance of its commander provides the theme for this tale of a ruthless but strangely attractive man Again it is McCullough s understanding of Rome of this time and the details she provides that add to rather than detract f [...]

    16. Mieczyslaw Kasprzyk on said:

      Absolutely Brilliant The scheming, the intrigue, the hatred and the killing, all wrapped up in togas of respectability as though the Senate is some private club Colleen McCollough continues the story from where she left off in First Man in Rome but it isn t necessary to have read that to enjoy this fascinating book The controlled animosity between Marius and Sulla fills the pages, whilst Rome endures crisis on its own lands.Often I felt I was there, an eavesdropper, sometimes a participant, walk [...]

    17. Deborah Pickstone on said:

      It took me the first 100 pages to get into this one, which surprised me after the first but equated to my first try at these novels at the time of publication After that shaky beginning I was hooked, thoroughly enjoying watching the development of known future characters of this historical epic You really couldn t make it up though, of course, McCullough did exactly that it is fiction I haven t yet received the next installment to my chagrin.

    18. Ivana Azap Feješ on said:

      Whoa OK, I have always wanted to read this book until the end I have tried earlier but I guess I was not brave enough But now Fantastic point of view for the time in history where Great Man delivered chess games of high class, where dignitas and auctoritas were the thing that truly great personalities were thriving for I am amazed and can not wait to read the Fortune s Favorites.Great recommendations

    19. Rebecca Huston on said:

      The follow up to The First Man in Rome, and the rivalry begins between Gaius Marius and Lucius Cornelius Sulla And in the city of Rome, a little boy is starting to grow up Wonderful read, but you should read TFMiR first, to get the basics down One of my favourite novels, and a desert island keeper For the complete review, please go here epinions content_31498

    20. Louise on said:

      The second in the series about the life and death of the Roman Republic I have undertaken to read the complete series but wonder if I have the commitment to do this I am unconvinced by the author s style and the detail she includes I am considering substituting a non fiction account of the events covered in the rest of the Masters of Rome series and devoting the time saved to contemporary fiction.

    21. Fernando Delfim on said:

      Este foi o segundo volume de uma s rie de sete Melhorou em rela o ao primeiro volume Nesta obra somos transportados para Roma antiga estamos l , vivemos l , respiramos aquele ar Muito bom O problema dessas mulheres que t m muito pouco que fazer t m amas para os filhos, festinhas com as amigas em que o que conta s o os mexericos, teares em que n o t m qualquer inten o de mexer, e cabe as demasiado vazias para encontrarem consola o num livro o rei Nicomedes era t o efeminado que dava vontade de ri [...]

    22. Ozymandias on said:

      Story 10 Long and slow moving but always engaging Characters 10 Distinct, sympathetic, and ultimately detestable Accuracy 10 There have been changes but no casual ones I have to say that this was a very different sort of book from The First Man in Rome It has, of course, the same preoccupation with the minutiae of politics, character, and marriages, but it lacks the simple central narrative of imminent invasion and one man s necessary rise to power Instead, this book is about a lot of things It [...]

    23. Elena on said:

      4.5 stars The Grass Crown is the second book in the Masters of Rome series and is honesty even better than the first one Its main characters are again Gaius Maius and Lucius Cornelius Sulla This is rapidly becoming one of my favourite series McCullough s knowledge of the historical period is just mesmerizing The setting, the traditions, the characters everything truly comes to life in her novels It is obvious she did extensive research and perfectly knows what she s writing about, but there is [...]

    24. Lisa (Harmonybites) on said:

      This is the second book in the Masters of Rome series begun in The First Man in Rome That first man was unmistakenly Gaius Marius, a flawed but still admirable figure who married Julia, an aunt of Julius Caesar, making him a brother in law to Lucius Cornelius Sulla A secondary character in the first book, he s on the rise in this one, as Marius is in decline.It makes for a sad book, seeing that decline of a character I grew fond of in the first book Sulla, as in the first book, is shown as both [...]

    25. Colleen Martin on said:

      Final update 11 6 12 It only took a year and two months but I FINALLY finished this behemoth The delay wasn t because it wasn t good quite the contrary, it s an incredibly entertaining history lesson disguised as a novel but because I had so much going on personally that I just didn t have time to sit and immerse myself in this world Even if I d had the time, it wouldn t have been a quick or easy read It s an old school historical fiction epic, written in archaic, old fashioned language, which f [...]

    26. Olga Trueshine on said:

      McCullough s passion for all things Rome really translate in her books This one is the second volume in the Master s of Rome series and it doesn t disappoint It circles around Marius decline and Sulla s rise to power concluding with the climax of Marius last consulship This book is essential to understanding the reasons and the climate in Rome which led to the fall of the Republic and the rise of Caesar and the Roman Empire.It is here we are intimately introduced to the young Caesar, to his chi [...]

    27. Phil on said:

      In this second book in the Masters Of Rome series the characters that were introduced in First Man In Rome continue to move the narrative forward The aging Gaius Marius declines and his legate Sulla, an impoverished patrician who gained money and power through marriage and murder rises to prominence as the Italian states revolt in what is called the Social War Mithradates of Pontus schemes against Rome in the eastern Mediterranean The conflict between the aristocrats and the equestrians intensif [...]

    28. Juan Carlos on said:

      La corona de hierba, segunda entrega de Se ores de Roma de Colleen McCullough, nos presenta uno de los per odos m s convulsos de la historia de la Rep blica, en primer lugar tenemos la Guerra Social, entre Roma y el resto de pueblos it licos debido a la negativa por parte del Senado de otorgar la ciudadan a romana a estos pueblos, por lo que deciden autoploclamar su independencia de Roma y luchar contra ella Una vez m s, Sila y Cayo Mario ser n los que den soluci n al conflicto, pero vamos viend [...]

    29. Andrew Flynn on said:

      The Grass Crown,book 2 in the Masters of Rome Series by Colleen McCullough tells the story of the Rome through the eyes of the major historical figures of the period.Running from the end of the German invasion through the Italian War, Colleen McCollough masterfully blends the historical facts with a blending of fiction to give her readers a amazing journey that not only tells about the major events of the period but also blends in a picture of everyday life in late republic Rome.Additionally, th [...]

    30. Christopher Donaghue on said:

      It pains me to say that this is better than the original, but such is the case I would not have expected it to be true until I reached maybe around page 100 and saw the potential which this book bore I was mildly disappointed with the ending, but I have no doubts that the next book shall resurrect the feelings of the first 800 pages Unlike most historical fiction where the fiction comes first, and the history simply sets the scene Colleen McCullough s historical fiction is primary history, with [...]

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