Imperium: From the Sunday Times bestselling author (Cicero Trilogy, 4)

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Imperium: From the Sunday Times bestselling author (Cicero Trilogy, 4)

Imperium: From the Sunday Times bestselling author (Cicero Trilogy, 4)

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Told in hindsight by his former slave and secretary, Tiro, Imperium is about Cicero’s rise to political power: first aedile, then praetor, and finally consul of Rome. This is the kind of book that will appeal to fans of Roman history, but people who are unfamiliar with the historical characters might struggle a bit with all the Latin names, not to mention the ever-fickle alliances that causes them to switch allegiances constantly.

I was so disappointed by the two very different Parts that I longed to give the book 3 stars to punish it. Once more, Harris delves into the inner workings of the Roman Empire only this time, he retreats back to the Republican era and creates a fictional biography of Marcus Tullius Cicero as seen through the eyes of his slave secreatary, Tiro. However, the court also receives a second application to prosecute Verres from Verres's quaestor, Caecilius Niger – another time-delaying tactic by Hortensius.Of course their personalities and dialogue is all fiction or at least embellished/inferences on the author's part. The senator is Cicero, a brilliant young lawyer and spellbinding orator, determined to attain imperium - supreme power in the state. Many names, many placements, numerous procedural expanses of litigation language parsed over dozens of offices for many years. De hecho, la contundencia de las argumentaciones contrastan mucho con el estilo en que está escrito el resto de la novela. Cicero’s personal secretary wasn’t just a scribe: he invented the system we now think of as shorthand, and kept such a meticulous record of his master’s life that we owe most of what we know about Cicero to him.

He has been a television correspondent with the BBC and a newspaper columnist for the London Sunday Times and The Daily Telegraph. Harris's ability to create suspense is unparalleled, even though the outcome is a matter of historical record. I kept thinking of how politics through the centuries has never changed, up to the present day and recent elections.Robert Harris presents a lively fresco that brings the classical Rome back to life, giving voice not just to the grandiose speeches of the Senate but also to the shrewd manoeuvres that happen between the scenes. The lex Manilia is proposed, granting command of the war against Mithradates to Pompey, along with the government of the provinces of Asia, Cilicia and Bithynia, the latter two held by Lucullus, which is opposed by Catulus and Hortensius. Harris has written a novel that combines a good political potboiler with solid historical fiction, based on real events in the life of the famous Roman senator and consul Cicero. I was reading a biography of Julius Caesar after having watched some episodes of “Rome,” a rather bawdy but interesting version of the rise of Octavian in which Cicero plays a prominent, if cheesey role, so I knowing Harris through some other books, I grabbed this one. I found the description of Roman life as it is presented in Pompeii: The Life of a Roman Town by Mary Beard to be clearer.

Reading this book was not my choice, it was the choice of my reading group and it would have been rude not to! I looked up Cicero and Tiro after the fact, and they were both real people, who did some of the things described in this book. a Roman Governor pillages Sicily, working in league with pirates, and abducting and killing ship passengers. Tiro, we are told, invented the concept of shorthand which provides a credible basis for him to be able to transcribe everything that he sees and hears as he follows Cicero around. Despite it's problems, I'm fully invested in Cicero's plight and will definitely pick up the sequel.Both these books from my favorite authors are endless summary, endless telling with little showing, and endless, endless, impenetrable Roman names, hundreds of characters, most of whom mean nothing. Imperium” is a Latin word (not that I remember it from my high school Latin) which can be roughly translated as “power to command,” that refers to the power of the state over the individual, but also implies the power gained from wealth and ownership of “stuff,” i. The reader is transported into the heart of political battles and moral dilemmas, feeling each triumph and setback as if they were occurring in real time.

In "Imperium" however, Harris makes a plausible case for the aristocrats' fear of absolute power that Caesar would gain through the patron-client relationships that would result from land redistribution. Tiro arranges for a place to hide him – in one of his wife's garrets in the Roman slums – and a decision is made to appeal to the tribunes and a deal is made with Palicanus, one of Pompey's lackeys. Harris was of the opinion that we need "more politicians like Cicero rather than Caesar" - a view you will certainly agree with if you are Gaulish, and that he thought that "Winston Churchill was as close as we've got in a long time" to having a Cicero type in British politics - having read the first part of the trilogy I find that an unusually bleak evaluation of Churchill for somebody in British public life to make, and when asked if Britain is in want of another Cicero type politician Harris' answer was "definitely". Robert Harris tells a compelling story not just about Cicero but about the last days of the Roman Republic.Toward the end comes a walk-on by Publius Clodius Pulcher, the most beautiful man in Rome, who figures prominently in another splendid novel of antiquity, Thornton Wilder's The Ides of March. Rome and the Empire as it existed with Pompey, Crassus, Catalina and numerous other characters of more infamous names before the changes that ended a republican form and tumbled to a emperor instead. The tale comprises the recollections of a first person narrator: Tiro was a slave and acted as secretary to Cicero.



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