The First Man In Rome: Update: I've read 56 out of 705 pages.

The First Man in Rome - Colleen McCullough

"Birth is an accident!" Said Marius with equal passion. "Why should it have the power to dictate the course of a life?"

"Why should money?" Caesar countered. "Come now, Gaius Marius, admit that it is why the way of all men in all lands to value birth and money"

I love McCullough's writing. Twenty pages ago I had doubts whether I would be able to stay with this book, but it seems that we are now past the initial scene setting and introduction of main characters.