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A series of historical fiction novels by author Colleen [=McCullough=]:

* ''The First Man in Rome'' (1990)
* ''The Grass Crown'' (1991)
* ''Fortune's Favourites'' (1993)
* ''Caesar's Women'' (1997)
* ''Caesar'' (1998)
* ''The October Horse'' (2002)
* ''Antony and Cleopatra'' (2007)

Set in AncientRome (between 110 BC and 27 BC) this epic seven book series covers the fall of the Roman Republic and ends with the rise of Octavian (later known as [[EmperorAugustus Caesar Augustus]]). Noted for their intricate research of Roman life and [=McCullough=]'s use of DeliberateValuesDissonance with even clearly sympathetic characters. Also sex, quite a lot of it.

While there are hundreds if not thousands of named characters in these books, broadly speaking several major if unrelated story arcs stand out. The first two books are dominated by the friendship and later rivalry between brilliant general [[SelfMadeMan Gauis Marius]] and the icy but brilliant aristocratic [[ImpoverishedPatrician Lucius Cornelius Sulla]] while most of the later works focus on the careers and lives of Pompey, Crassus, Cicero, Cato, Octavian and Mark Antony and above all Creator/GaiusJuliusCaesar whose pivotal life makes him the central character of the whole story.

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!!Provides examples of:
* AllMenArePerverts[=/=]AllWomenArePrudes: Fascinatingly inverted with Brutus and his mother Servilia; one of the (many) reasons Servilia has difficulty comprehending her son is that she has a very strong sex drive while Brutus is naturally prudish and much more sentimental than lustful.
* ArmyOfThievesAndWhores: Marius' legion.
* ArrangedMarriage: Just about every marriage in the story. Some turn out fairly well, others disastrously; but the only two fathers that allow their children to marry for love are regarded as crazy by everyone else.
* AuthorAppeal: [=McCullough=] evidently has a thing for fair-skinned blonde and red-haired men: Sulla and Caesar are constantly described as being extremely good looking, as to a slightly lesser extent are Pompey, Octavian and even Cato.
* BadassBookworm: Bookworm might be pushing it, but Cato is a character who is almost never seen outside a political or social context so it is easy to forget he is an incredibly strong and tough ex-soldier. On one occasion he effortlessly separates two armed veterans who have come to blows, on another he knocks a far taller, heavily built man unconscious with a single punch ''breaking his jaw'' in the process.
** Caesar is a good example, too. People tend to get so focused on his military career they forget he was a brilliant lawyer first.
* BlondesAreEvil: Gaius Verres.
* BrainlessBeauty: Pompeia Sulla, whose own mother describes her as 'absolutely ravishing' but 'abysmally stupid'.
* BreakTheCutie: While not technically a cutie, Sulla was always noted as being extremely handsome... until he gained and lost two hundred pounds, lost all of his teeth, his hair fell out and his face almost got sunburned off. All in about three months.
** In the previous book, his son died, his country was torn apart in a civil war he fought to avoid, he had his triumph and his counsulship ruined by his old friend Marius, and he was ultimately forced to march on his homeland (an act which, being both conservative and a patriot, he utterly detested). His life was deemed so hard that Aurelia, the woman who never wept, ended up weeping for him.
* BrokenBird: Cato is a rare male version, and a very masculine one, at that.
* BusCrash: The end of Mithridates VI of Pontus is a little disappointing considering his importance and big role in ''The Grass Crown''; not so much his actual death, which is a matter of historical record, but the way we hear about it in a letter.
* DeadGuyOnDisplay: The enemies of Marius and Cinna have their heads hung on the walls of the Forum Romanum when a deranged Marius returns to Rome after his forced exile.
* DeathByMaterialism: Caepio Junior.
* DeliberateValuesDissonance: Selling your daughter for political pull and cash, murder, crucifixion, slavery, murder, adultery, murder, arson for profit and of course murder.
* DepravedBisexual: Sulla will have sex with anything.
* {{Doorstopper}}: Seven books, of which the ''shortest'' is 576 pages, and three are over 1000 pages long. A good example of their length is that it takes ''270'' pages before Marius and Sulla are even introduced to each other, even though their interaction is the main story in the first book.
* EnemyCivilWar: From the viewpoint of outsiders, the multiple Roman civil wars look like this, and they try and take advantage accordingly. It doesn't work.
* EunuchsAreEvil: The Alexandrian palace cabal.
* EvenTheGuysWantHim: Both Sulla and Caesar are so [[{{Bishonen}} beautiful]] as youths that more than a few male characters openly lust after them.
* EvilAlbino: Sulla has very, very pale skin and very pale eyes.
* EvilMatriarch: If you thought Servilia was warped on ''Series/{{Rome}}'' wait 'til you see the ''MastersOfRome'' version.
* EvilRedhead: Sulla. Cato is also a redhead, but while he has an antagonistic role, you can't really call him evil.
* FaceHeelTurn: Marius after his stroke, Pompey after Julia dies.
* FieryRedhead: Caesar's Gallic mistress Rhiannon. Subverted by Caesar's actual wife, Pompeia Sulla, who is a redhead in hair colour but a DumbBlonde in personality.
* Creator/GaiusJuliusCaesar: The man himself. Born at the end of ''The First Man in Rome'' he appears in every book, barring ''Antony and Cleopatra'', set after his death.
* TheGreatestHistoryNeverTold: Partially averted. The series covers the familiar era of Caesar and Octavian, but the first three books cover things like the Cimbri invasion and Italian War that are very rarely depicted anywhere else.
* HeroesWantRedheads: Caesar's Gallic mistress is a redhead, and her magnificent hair is the thing he finds most attractive. On the other hand, his own wife, Pompeia Sulla, is also a stunning redhead, and he is completely cold towards ''her'' because she's an [[BrainlessBeauty shallow idiot]].
* HeroAntagonist: It's difficult to call Vercingetorix or Quintus Poppaedius Silo anything else, since they are fighting for their peoples respective freedoms against Roman domination.
* HistoricalDomainCharacter: Nearly all the main and most of the minor characters are real people.
* HistoricalFiction
* TheHorde: The Cimbri and Teutones.
* ImpoverishedPatrician: Literally the case with Sulla, and to a lesser extent, with Caesar.
* KnightTemplar: Cato about conserving the old Roman ways and his hatred of Caesar. There's a good chance that the civil war wouldn't have happened had he not been around. Also Octavian, whose determination to see Brutus and Cassius pay pushes Rome into ''another'' civil war.
* LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters
* MagicalRealism: Martha's prophecies and a few other, minor aspects.
* AManIsNotAVirgin: A deliberate example, Caesar seduces the wives, sisters and in some cases mothers of his opponents.
* OddFriendship: The young Pompey and Cicero. Marius and Sulla too, in a way.
* OneSteveLimit: Averted due to historical necessity; there are are at least three important characters named Gaius Julius Caesar, for instance. In the books they are generally distinguished by nickname based on age, in this case 'Caesar Grandfather', 'Caesar' and 'Young Caesar.'.
* OutOfFocus: Mithridates, a major POV character in ''The Grass Crown'', is frequently mentioned in the next two books but doesn't appear 'onscreen' again.
* PropheciesAreAlwaysRight
* PurpleEyes: Aurelia's remarkable eyes are quite a plot point.
* RevengeBeforeReason: Octavian. After the assassins of Caesar have already been defeated and killed, he's sufficiently murderous to have Cato's (totally harmless) best friend killed for the 'crime' of being friends with Caesar's old enemy.
* TheRomanRepublic
* SelfMadeMan: Marius, and in a very different manner, Cicero.
* TwoLinesNoWaiting: Due to LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters and [[{{Doorstopper}} Loads And Loads Of Pages]] all the books have multiple interweaving storylines.
* VillainProtagonist: Sulla
* VillainWithGoodPublicity: Octavian is beloved by legionaries because of his charm and resemblance to Caesar and also enchants Cicero amongst others; he is also hideously cold-blooded about killing or ruining anyone who gets in his way, or tarnishes the legacy of his beloved adopted father.
** "Beloved" because Octavian was using his adopted father's good publicity to promote his own political career in the eyes of the Romans. Anything that would slander Caesar would slander Octavian, as the latter tried to rub himself with as much Caesarian clout he could think of, including deifying Caesar and having people call him Divi Filius: [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything Son of God]].
* WildCard: The oily, yet strangely likable Lucius Marcius Philippus, Rome's most honestly corrupt politician - that is to say anyone can buy him but he stays bought.
** His father/grandfather, also Lucius Marcius Philippus is bribed by Marius in the first book, and offers his service for life. He later becomes a political enemy of Marius, which costs him the consulship when Rutilius Rufus points out he should be bound by his bribe a decade previously. Though this might be the same Philippus mentioned above. Most families have only one character kept through the generations.
* WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity: Several. Marius after his stroke seizes Rome and kills most of his friends and enemies. Subverted with Sulla who had perfectly rational reasons for seizing power and killing a whole lot of people.

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* DeadGuyOnDisplay: The enemies of Marius and Cinna have their heads hung on the walls of the Forum Romanum when a deranged Marius returns to Rome after his forced exile.
23rd May '13 9:05:57 AM DesignatedNPC
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* EvilMatriarch: If you thought Servilia was warped on ''Series/{{Rome}}'' wait 'til you see the MastersOfRome version.
* EvilRedhead: Sulla. Cato is also a redhead, but while he has an antagonistic role, you can't real call him evil.

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* EvilMatriarch: If you thought Servilia was warped on ''Series/{{Rome}}'' wait 'til you see the MastersOfRome ''MastersOfRome'' version.
* EvilRedhead: Sulla. Cato is also a redhead, but while he has an antagonistic role, you can't real really call him evil.
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* ArmyOfThievesAndWhores (Marius' legion)
* ArrangedMarriage (Just about every marriage in the story. Some turn out fairly well, others disastrously; but the only two fathers that allow their children to marry for love are regarded as crazy by everyone else).
* AuthorAppeal ([=McCullough=] evidently has a thing for fair skinned, blonde and red haired men - Sulla and Caesar are constantly described as being extremely good looking, as to a slightly lesser extent are Pompey, Octavian and even Cato)
* BadassBookworm (Bookworm might be pushing it, but Cato is a character who is almost never seen outside a political or social context so it is easy to forget he is an incredibly strong and tough ex-soldier. On one occasion he effortlessly seperates two armed veterans who have come to blows, on another he knocks a far taller, heavily built man unconcious with a single punch ''breaking his jaw'' in the process).
** Caesar is a good example too. People tend to get so focused on his military career they forget he was a brilliant lawyer first.
* BlondesAreEvil (Gaius Verres)
* BrainlessBeauty (Pompeia Sulla, whose own mother describes her as 'absolutely ravishing' but 'abysmally stupid'.)
* BreakTheCutie (While not technically a cutie, Sulla was always noted as being extremely handsome. Until he gained and lost two hundred pounds, lost all of his teeth, his hair fell out and his face almost got sunburned off. All of this happened in about three months)
** Plus in the previous book his son died, his country was torn apart in a civil war he fought to avoid, he had his triumph and his counsulship ruined by his old friend Marius, and he was ultimately forced to march on his homeland (an act which, being both conservative and a patriot, he utterly detested). His life was deemed so hard that Aurelia, the woman who never wept, ended up weeping for him.
* BrokenBird (Cato is a rare male - and very masculine at that - version.)
* BusCrash (The end of Mithridates VI of Pontus is a little disappointing considering his importance and big role in ''The Grass Crown'' - not so much his actual death, which is a matter of historical record, but the way we hear about it in a letter).
* DeathByMaterialism (Caepio Junior)
* DeliberateValuesDissonance (Selling your daughter for political pull and cash, murder, crucifixtion, slavery, murder, adultery, murder, arson for profit and of course murder)
* DepravedBisexual (Sulla will have sex with anything)
* DesignatedMonkey (Marcus Brutus)
* {{Doorstopper}} (seven books, of which the ''shortest'' is 576 pages and three are over 1000 pages long. A good example of their length is that it takes ''270'' pages before Marius and Sulla are even introduced to each other, even though their interaction is the main story in the first book.)
* EnemyCivilWar (from the viewpoint of outsiders the multiple Roman civil wars look like this and they try and take advantage accordingly. It doesn't work.)
* EunuchsAreEvil (The Alexandrian palace cabal)
* EvenTheGuysWantHim (Both Sulla and Caesar are so [[{{Bishonen}} beautiful]] as youths that more than a few male characters openly lust after them)
* EvilAlbino (Sulla has very, very pale skin and very pale eyes)
* EvilMatriarch (If you thought Servilia was warped on ''Series/{{Rome}}'' wait till you see the MastersOfRome version)
* EvilRedhead (Sulla. Cato is also a redhead but while he has an antagonistic role you can't real call him evil.)
* FaceHeelTurn (Marius after his stroke, Pompey after Julia dies)
* FieryRedhead (Caesar's Gallic mistress Rhiannon. Subverted by Caesar's actual wife Pompeia Sulla who is a redhead in hair colour but a DumbBlonde in personality.)
* Creator/GaiusJuliusCaesar (The man himself. Born at the end of ''The First Man in Rome'' he a appears in every book bar ''Antony and Cleopatra'' (set after his death))
* TheGreatestHistoryNeverTold (Partially averted; true the series covers the familiar era of Caesar and Octavian but the first three books cover things like the Cimbri invasion and Italian War that are very rarely depicted anywhere else.)
* HeroesWantRedheads (Caesar's Gallic mistress is a redhead and her magnificent hair is the thing he finds most attractive. On the other hand his own wife Pompeia Sulla is also a stunning redhead and he is completely cold towards ''her'' because she's an [[BrainlessBeauty shallow idiot]]).
* HeroAntagonist: It's diffictult to call Vercingetorix or Quintus Poppaedius Silo anything else since they are fighting for their peoples respective freedoms against Roman domination.
* HistoricalDomainCharacter (Nearly all the main and most of the minor characters are real people)

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* ArmyOfThievesAndWhores (Marius' legion)
ArmyOfThievesAndWhores: Marius' legion.
* ArrangedMarriage (Just ArrangedMarriage: Just about every marriage in the story. Some turn out fairly well, others disastrously; but the only two fathers that allow their children to marry for love are regarded as crazy by everyone else).
else.
* AuthorAppeal ([=McCullough=] AuthorAppeal: [=McCullough=] evidently has a thing for fair skinned, fair-skinned blonde and red haired men - red-haired men: Sulla and Caesar are constantly described as being extremely good looking, as to a slightly lesser extent are Pompey, Octavian and even Cato)
Cato.
* BadassBookworm (Bookworm BadassBookworm: Bookworm might be pushing it, but Cato is a character who is almost never seen outside a political or social context so it is easy to forget he is an incredibly strong and tough ex-soldier. On one occasion he effortlessly seperates separates two armed veterans who have come to blows, on another he knocks a far taller, heavily built man unconcious unconscious with a single punch ''breaking his jaw'' in the process).
process.
** Caesar is a good example example, too. People tend to get so focused on his military career they forget he was a brilliant lawyer first.
* BlondesAreEvil (Gaius Verres)
BlondesAreEvil: Gaius Verres.
* BrainlessBeauty (Pompeia BrainlessBeauty: Pompeia Sulla, whose own mother describes her as 'absolutely ravishing' but 'abysmally stupid'.)
stupid'.
* BreakTheCutie (While BreakTheCutie: While not technically a cutie, Sulla was always noted as being extremely handsome. Until handsome... until he gained and lost two hundred pounds, lost all of his teeth, his hair fell out and his face almost got sunburned off. All of this happened in about three months)
months.
** Plus in In the previous book book, his son died, his country was torn apart in a civil war he fought to avoid, he had his triumph and his counsulship ruined by his old friend Marius, and he was ultimately forced to march on his homeland (an act which, being both conservative and a patriot, he utterly detested). His life was deemed so hard that Aurelia, the woman who never wept, ended up weeping for him.
* BrokenBird (Cato BrokenBird: Cato is a rare male - version, and a very masculine one, at that - version.)
that.
* BusCrash (The BusCrash: The end of Mithridates VI of Pontus is a little disappointing considering his importance and big role in ''The Grass Crown'' - Crown''; not so much his actual death, which is a matter of historical record, but the way we hear about it in a letter).
letter.
* DeathByMaterialism (Caepio Junior)
DeathByMaterialism: Caepio Junior.
* DeliberateValuesDissonance (Selling DeliberateValuesDissonance: Selling your daughter for political pull and cash, murder, crucifixtion, crucifixion, slavery, murder, adultery, murder, arson for profit and of course murder)
murder.
* DepravedBisexual (Sulla DepravedBisexual: Sulla will have sex with anything)
anything.
* DesignatedMonkey (Marcus Brutus)
* {{Doorstopper}} (seven
{{Doorstopper}}: Seven books, of which the ''shortest'' is 576 pages pages, and three are over 1000 pages long. A good example of their length is that it takes ''270'' pages before Marius and Sulla are even introduced to each other, even though their interaction is the main story in the first book.)
book.
* EnemyCivilWar (from EnemyCivilWar: From the viewpoint of outsiders outsiders, the multiple Roman civil wars look like this this, and they try and take advantage accordingly. It doesn't work.)
work.
* EunuchsAreEvil (The EunuchsAreEvil: The Alexandrian palace cabal)
cabal.
* EvenTheGuysWantHim (Both EvenTheGuysWantHim: Both Sulla and Caesar are so [[{{Bishonen}} beautiful]] as youths that more than a few male characters openly lust after them)
them.
* EvilAlbino (Sulla EvilAlbino: Sulla has very, very pale skin and very pale eyes)
eyes.
* EvilMatriarch (If EvilMatriarch: If you thought Servilia was warped on ''Series/{{Rome}}'' wait till 'til you see the MastersOfRome version)
version.
* EvilRedhead (Sulla. EvilRedhead: Sulla. Cato is also a redhead redhead, but while he has an antagonistic role role, you can't real call him evil.)
evil.
* FaceHeelTurn (Marius FaceHeelTurn: Marius after his stroke, Pompey after Julia dies)
dies.
* FieryRedhead (Caesar's FieryRedhead: Caesar's Gallic mistress Rhiannon. Subverted by Caesar's actual wife wife, Pompeia Sulla Sulla, who is a redhead in hair colour but a DumbBlonde in personality.)
personality.
* Creator/GaiusJuliusCaesar (The Creator/GaiusJuliusCaesar: The man himself. Born at the end of ''The First Man in Rome'' he a appears in every book bar book, barring ''Antony and Cleopatra'' (set Cleopatra'', set after his death))
death.
* TheGreatestHistoryNeverTold (Partially averted; true the TheGreatestHistoryNeverTold: Partially averted. The series covers the familiar era of Caesar and Octavian Octavian, but the first three books cover things like the Cimbri invasion and Italian War that are very rarely depicted anywhere else.)
else.
* HeroesWantRedheads (Caesar's HeroesWantRedheads: Caesar's Gallic mistress is a redhead redhead, and her magnificent hair is the thing he finds most attractive. On the other hand hand, his own wife wife, Pompeia Sulla Sulla, is also a stunning redhead redhead, and he is completely cold towards ''her'' because she's an [[BrainlessBeauty shallow idiot]]).
idiot]].
* HeroAntagonist: It's diffictult difficult to call Vercingetorix or Quintus Poppaedius Silo anything else else, since they are fighting for their peoples respective freedoms against Roman domination.
* HistoricalDomainCharacter (Nearly HistoricalDomainCharacter: Nearly all the main and most of the minor characters are real people)people.



* TheHorde (The Cimbri and Teutones)
* ImpoverishedPatrician (Literally the case with Sulla and to a lesser extent with Caesar)
* KnightTemplar (Cato about conserving the old Roman ways and his hatred of Caesar. There's a good chance that the civil war wouldn't have happened had he not been around. Also Octavian whose determination to see Brutus and Cassius pay pushes Rome into ''another'' civil war.)

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* TheHorde (The TheHorde: The Cimbri and Teutones)
Teutones.
* ImpoverishedPatrician (Literally ImpoverishedPatrician: Literally the case with Sulla Sulla, and to a lesser extent extent, with Caesar)
Caesar.
* KnightTemplar (Cato KnightTemplar: Cato about conserving the old Roman ways and his hatred of Caesar. There's a good chance that the civil war wouldn't have happened had he not been around. Also Octavian Octavian, whose determination to see Brutus and Cassius pay pushes Rome into ''another'' civil war.)



* MagicalRealism (Martha's prophecies and a few other minor aspects)
* AManIsNotAVirgin (A deliberate example, Caesar seduces the wives, sisters and in some cases mothers of his opponents)
* OddFriendship (The young Pompey and Cicero. Marius and Sulla too in a way.)
* OneSteveLimit (Averted due to historical neccesity - there are are at least three important characters named Gaius Julius Caesar for instance. In the books they are generally distingushed by nickname based on age - 'Caesar Grandfather', 'Caesar' and 'Young Caesar' in this case)
* OutOfFocus (Mithridates, a major pov character in ''The Grass Crown'', is frequently mentioned in the next two books but doesn't appear 'onscreen' again).

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* MagicalRealism (Martha's MagicalRealism: Martha's prophecies and a few other other, minor aspects)
aspects.
* AManIsNotAVirgin (A AManIsNotAVirgin: A deliberate example, Caesar seduces the wives, sisters and in some cases mothers of his opponents)
opponents.
* OddFriendship (The OddFriendship: The young Pompey and Cicero. Marius and Sulla too too, in a way.)
way.
* OneSteveLimit (Averted OneSteveLimit: Averted due to historical neccesity - necessity; there are are at least three important characters named Gaius Julius Caesar Caesar, for instance. In the books they are generally distingushed distinguished by nickname based on age - age, in this case 'Caesar Grandfather', 'Caesar' and 'Young Caesar' in this case)
Caesar.'.
* OutOfFocus (Mithridates, OutOfFocus: Mithridates, a major pov POV character in ''The Grass Crown'', is frequently mentioned in the next two books but doesn't appear 'onscreen' again).again.



* RevengeBeforeReason (Octavian. After the assassains of Caesar have already been defeated ad killed he is sufficently murderous to have Cato's (totally harmless) best friend killed for the 'crime' of being friends with Caesar's old enemy).

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* RevengeBeforeReason (Octavian. RevengeBeforeReason: Octavian. After the assassains assassins of Caesar have already been defeated ad killed he is sufficently and killed, he's sufficiently murderous to have Cato's (totally harmless) best friend killed for the 'crime' of being friends with Caesar's old enemy).enemy.



* SelfMadeMan (Marius, and in a very diffent manner, Cicero)
* TwoLinesNoWaiting (Due to LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters and [[{{Doorstopper}} Loads And Loads Of Pages]] all the books have multiple interweaving storylines)
* VillainProtagonist (Sulla)
* VillainWithGoodPublicity (Octavian is beloved by legionaries because of his charm and resemblance to Caesar and also enchants Cicero amongst others; he is also hideously cold blooded about killing or ruining anyone who gets in his way or tarnishes the legacy of his beloved adopted father.)
** ("Beloved" because Octavian was using his adopted father's good publicity to promote his own political career in the eyes of the Romans. Anything that would slander Caesar would slander Octavian, as the latter tried to rub himselt with as much Caesarian clout he could think of. Including deifying Caesar and having people call him Divi Filius - [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything Son of God]]).
* WildCard (The oily, yet strangely likable Lucius Marcius Philippus, Rome's most honestly corrupt politician - that is to say anyone can buy him but he stays bought.)

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* SelfMadeMan (Marius, SelfMadeMan: Marius, and in a very diffent different manner, Cicero)
Cicero.
* TwoLinesNoWaiting (Due TwoLinesNoWaiting: Due to LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters and [[{{Doorstopper}} Loads And Loads Of Pages]] all the books have multiple interweaving storylines)
storylines.
* VillainProtagonist (Sulla)
VillainProtagonist: Sulla
* VillainWithGoodPublicity (Octavian VillainWithGoodPublicity: Octavian is beloved by legionaries because of his charm and resemblance to Caesar and also enchants Cicero amongst others; he is also hideously cold blooded cold-blooded about killing or ruining anyone who gets in his way way, or tarnishes the legacy of his beloved adopted father.)
father.
** ("Beloved" "Beloved" because Octavian was using his adopted father's good publicity to promote his own political career in the eyes of the Romans. Anything that would slander Caesar would slander Octavian, as the latter tried to rub himselt himself with as much Caesarian clout he could think of. Including of, including deifying Caesar and having people call him Divi Filius - Filius: [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything Son of God]]).
God]].
* WildCard (The WildCard: The oily, yet strangely likable Lucius Marcius Philippus, Rome's most honestly corrupt politician - that is to say anyone can buy him but he stays bought.)



* WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity (Several. Marius after his stroke seizes Rome and kills most of his friends and enemies. Subverted with Sulla who had perfectly rational reasons for seizing power and killing a whole lot of people.)

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* WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity (Several.WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity: Several. Marius after his stroke seizes Rome and kills most of his friends and enemies. Subverted with Sulla who had perfectly rational reasons for seizing power and killing a whole lot of people.)
people.
10th Feb '13 9:30:47 PM nombretomado
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* EvilMatriarch (If you thought Servilia was warped on ''{{Rome}}'' wait till you see the MastersOfRome version)

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* EvilMatriarch (If you thought Servilia was warped on ''{{Rome}}'' ''Series/{{Rome}}'' wait till you see the MastersOfRome version)



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5th Sep '12 7:35:54 PM sonicboom2007
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** Plus in the previous book his son died, his country was torn apart in a civil war he fought to avoid, he had his triumph and his counsulship ruined by his old friend Marius, and he was ultimately forced to march on his homeland (an act which, being both conservative and a patriot, he utterly detested). His life was deemed so hard that Aurelia, the woman who never wept, ended up weeping for him.
16th Jun '12 11:10:50 AM FELH2
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While there are hundreds if not thousands of named characters in these books, broadly speaking several major if unrelated story arcs stand out. The first two books are dominated by the friendship and later rivalry between brilliant general [[SelfMadeMan Gauis Marius]] and the icy but brilliant aristocratic [[ImpoverishedPatrician Lucius Cornelius Sulla]] while most of the later works focus on the careers and lives of Pompey, Crassus, Cicero, Cato, Octavian and Mark Antony and above all GaiusJuliusCaesar whose pivotal life makes him the central character of the whole story.

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While there are hundreds if not thousands of named characters in these books, broadly speaking several major if unrelated story arcs stand out. The first two books are dominated by the friendship and later rivalry between brilliant general [[SelfMadeMan Gauis Marius]] and the icy but brilliant aristocratic [[ImpoverishedPatrician Lucius Cornelius Sulla]] while most of the later works focus on the careers and lives of Pompey, Crassus, Cicero, Cato, Octavian and Mark Antony and above all GaiusJuliusCaesar Creator/GaiusJuliusCaesar whose pivotal life makes him the central character of the whole story.



* EnemyCivilWar (from the viewpoint of outsiders the multiple Roman civil wars look like this and they try and take advantage accordingly. It doesn't work.)

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* EnemyCivilWar (from the viewpoint of outsiders the multiple Roman civil wars look like this and they try and take advantage accordingly. It doesn't work.) )



* GaiusJuliusCaesar (The man himself. Born at the end of ''The First Man in Rome'' he a appears in every book bar ''Antony and Cleopatra'' (set after his death))

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* GaiusJuliusCaesar Creator/GaiusJuliusCaesar (The man himself. Born at the end of ''The First Man in Rome'' he a appears in every book bar ''Antony and Cleopatra'' (set after his death))



* HeroAntagonist: It's diffictult to call Vercingetorix or Quintus Poppaedius Silo anything else since they are fighting for their peoples respective freedoms against Roman domination.

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* HeroAntagonist: It's diffictult to call Vercingetorix or Quintus Poppaedius Silo anything else since they are fighting for their peoples respective freedoms against Roman domination.



* OutOfFocus (Mithridates, a major pov character in ''The Grass Crown'', is frequently mentioned in the next two books but doesn't appear 'onscreen' again).

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* OutOfFocus (Mithridates, a major pov character in ''The Grass Crown'', is frequently mentioned in the next two books but doesn't appear 'onscreen' again).



* TheRomanRepublic

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* TheRomanRepublic TheRomanRepublic



* TwoLinesNoWaiting (Due to LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters and [[{{Doorstopper}} Loads And Loads Of Pages]] all the books have multiple interweaving storylines)

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* TwoLinesNoWaiting (Due to LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters and [[{{Doorstopper}} Loads And Loads Of Pages]] all the books have multiple interweaving storylines) storylines)



* VillainWithGoodPublicity (Octavian is beloved by legionaries because of his charm and resemblance to Caesar and also enchants Cicero amongst others; he is also hideously cold blooded about killing or ruining anyone who gets in his way or tarnishes the legacy of his beloved adopted father.)

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* VillainWithGoodPublicity (Octavian is beloved by legionaries because of his charm and resemblance to Caesar and also enchants Cicero amongst others; he is also hideously cold blooded about killing or ruining anyone who gets in his way or tarnishes the legacy of his beloved adopted father.) )




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* AllMenArePerverts / AllWomenArePrudes: Fascinatingly inverted with Brutus and his mother Servilia; one of the (many) reasons Servilia has difficulty comprehending her son is that she has a very strong sex drive while Brutus is naturally prudish and much more sentimental than lustful.
* AManIsNotAVirgin (A deliberate example, Caesar seduces the wives, sisters and in some cases mothers of his opponents)

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* AllMenArePerverts / AllWomenArePrudes: AllMenArePerverts[=/=]AllWomenArePrudes: Fascinatingly inverted with Brutus and his mother Servilia; one of the (many) reasons Servilia has difficulty comprehending her son is that she has a very strong sex drive while Brutus is naturally prudish and much more sentimental than lustful.
* AManIsNotAVirgin (A deliberate example, Caesar seduces the wives, sisters and in some cases mothers of his opponents)
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* FridgeBrilliance : If you get annoyed at the MarySue depiction of Gaius Julius Caesar, you might eventually realise that the story has been written in the form of propaganda written by [[WrittenBytheWinners Augustus]]. It was entirely in his advantage to present Caesar as a MarySue, and depict all of his ennemies as bickering petty men.


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* AManIsNotAVirgin (A deliberate example, Caesar seduces the wives, sisters and in some cases mothers of his opponents)
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