The First Man in Rome by Colleen McCullough is the first novel in a series of books based on Ancient Rome. I gratefully acknowledge fellow blogger Martie for her recommendation!
This is an amazing historical fiction book which brought Rome and its inhabitants alive. Based on extensive research, these stories captivated my imagination.
The only difficulty I had was with the characters lengthy names. This is based on the audio version I acquired and my short memory! There are graphic depictions of sex and violence which made me squirm at times, but the quality of storytelling was so superior I didn’t turn away from the novel.
There are more books in the series which I may read at a later date. For now, I recommend the one I read with great enthusiasm.