He belonged to the tribus Cornelia. However, being a semi-invalid, he could not enter public life and studied extensively to compensate. The famous family names of FabiusLentulusand Piso come from the Latin names of beans, lentils, and peas, respectively.
This book did exactly what I expected it to do. It was a both a solid, enjoyable read and at the same time an unremarkable story that will be forgotten as quickly as my self respect inhibitions on Tequila. To put it in the shell's nut, this was good entertainment but likely won't earn a hallowed place among your list of favorites.
I did appreciate that this book lent itself extremely well to audio because the story is VERY easy to follow and the narrative is not jammed with dense exp 3. I did appreciate that this book lent itself extremely well to audio because the story is VERY easy to follow and the narrative is not jammed with dense exposition that would require careful reading.
Thus, I was able to listen and stay engaged in the story while organizing my library on goodreads and keeping tabs on the basketball and hockey games on TV with the volume on mute.
Plus, as a bonus, with my headphones in, my hands were free to hold my beer This is the first book in a trilogy set in ancient Rome during the time of the First Triumvirate i. By the way, I could have just said ancient Rome but Triumvirate is such a tasty word that I thought it needed some air time.
Anyway, the story is a fictional biography centering on the legendary orator, Cicero, as told by his private secretary, Tiro. 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.
I found this to be a pretty effective plot device for showing the supposed "accuracy" of the narrative.
In this first book, we meet a young Cicero at the beginning of his career. Cicero is a junior Senator in the Roman Senate who has already garnered somewhat of a reputation as a brilliant speaker. As a result, he is sought out by a Sicilian merchant who has been robbed, libeled and threatened with death by the corrupt Roman governor of Sicily named Verres.
From that fateful decision, we follow Cicero as he makes allies and enemies and skillfully maneuvers his way through the quagmire giggity, giggity of Roman politics and with each success gains stature and prominence within the Roman hierarchy.
I thought the descriptions of Rome and the background of Roman life, while expectedly sparse, were still interesting and kept my attention. The book is certainly not a mechanism for one to obtain a detailed, historical account of life in ancient Rome, but since I didn't expect it to be I was not disappointed.
There was enough detail to place the narrative and provide general background for the story which is all the story called for. Overall, a good, solid read. If you are a fan of historical fiction, this is book that I think you will enjoy. If you are a scholar of ancient Rome and looking for insight and exposition on the details of ancient Rome, this is not where you will find them.
For me, I found it a light, pleasant story and was never bored. I also found the characters and the narrative compelling enough that I will likely continue on with the series to see what happens next.Imperium A Novel of Ancient Rome.
By Robert Harris. The man claims that only the great senator Marcus Cicero, one of Rome’s most ambitious lawyers and spellbinding orators, can bring him justice in a crooked society manipulated by the villainous governor.
But for Cicero, it is a chance to prove himself worthy of absolute power. Released on: August 07, Mike Poulton, who adapted Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies for the RSC, has turned Robert Harris’s trilogy about the rise and fall of Cicero, and the decline of the Roman republic into a seven.
Imperium: A Novel of Ancient Rome and millions of other books are available for instant access. Imperium follows Cicero’s extraordinary struggle to attain supreme power in Rome. On a cold November morning, Tiro opens the door to find a terrified, bedraggled stranger begging for help.
Once a Sicilian aristocrat, the man was robbed by the /5().
Mike Poulton’s Imperium: The Cicero Plays is a cycle of six historical plays about the Roman statesman and orator, Cicero, in the first century BC, adapted from Robert Harris's trilogy of novels, Imperium (), Lustrum () and Dictator (), collectively known as The Cicero Trilogy.
Imperium: A Novel of Ancient Rome (Cicero, #1), Conspirata (Cicero, #2), Dictator (Cicero, #3), and The Cicero Trilogy. Imperium follows Cicero’s triumphs and disasters, through power struggles, civil wars, and personal highs and lows, told through the eyes of Tiro, his loyal secretary.
A backstage view of Rome at its most bloody and brutal.