* The novel opens with a celebration at the temple of Jupiter for the new counsels, Rufus and Albinus.
Most of the important Romans are in the city for the celebration.
Marius is at the celebration and wants to become a consul, but his family heritage is less than stellar making it difficult for him.
On the other hand, Sullus has the right lineage to be a consul, but lacks the desire and ambition to succeed. He lives with his stepmother and mistress, both of whom are his lovers. He fills his day with drinking and sex and as a result is quite poor.
Also in the city is Jugrutha who has heard rumors that some of the senators want to places his opposition in power and remove him from the throne. He comes to the city to buy votes to attempt to keep his place on the...
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