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

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I also found the characters and the narrative compelling enough that I will likely continue on with the series to see what happens next. Robert Harris has Tiro, Cicero's scribe/clerk, writing the linear in time progressions of his younger "coming up" to power years. Since I was originally seduced into my passion for learning about the Roman Empire by Colleen McCullough and her "Masters of Rome" series of novels, I naturally began this investigation of the life of Cicero with misgivings since Cicero is less than heroic in McCullough's books that tend to present Julius Caesar as the more admirable character. There was no way I would not want to read some historical fiction about him, especially when I saw that Harris wrote his trilogy on Cicero from the point of view of Tiro.

Imperium is an epic account of the timeless struggle for power and the sudden disintegration of a society.Despite it's problems, I'm fully invested in Cicero's plight and will definitely pick up the sequel. Corruption is rife throughout the mechanics of the election, and there is a conspiracy to consolidate power. Despite the Part Two not being as good as Part One (for my tastes), it was still entertaining enough to make me want to continue with the series. The audiobook is well narrated by Bill Wallis, except that he does not clearly articulate Roman names. For a far better fictional evocation of ancient Rome, stronger characters, and a real sense of history I would recommend Colleen McCullough's Masters of Rome series far above this.

If I hadn't already read the books years ago, thus remembering roughly who's who and what's what, I would have struggled to stay interested. Anyway, the story is a fictional biography centering on the legendary orator, Cicero, as told by his private secretary, Tiro. At the age of forty-two, the youngest age permitted to achieve the supreme imperium of the Roman consulship, the 'new man' has achieved his ultimate ambition. Both are grippingly brought to life with wonderful human touches such as the great military leader, but oratorical klutz, Pompey stumbling through his first Senate speech with a a "bluffer's guide to procedure written out for him by the famous scholar Varro".

Harris's work provides an interesting glimpse into the lives of the rich, famous, corrupt, and powerful of Rome during the age of Julius Caesar, Pompey, and, of course, Cicero himself.

He's proven correct, as the Verres case turns him into Rome's most famous advocate and gives him the edge over Hortensius, his rival for the laurels of greatest Roman orator.

Aquí el Sr Harris nos cuenta solo juicios de Cicerón o mini-intrigas con rivales políticos de la época. Imperium е първата от тилогията книги, които романизират живота на Цицерон и описват именно политическите процеси, довели първо до ерозията, а не след дълго и до пълното унищожение на демокрацията в Рим - и възкачването на първия император. But, Cicero had to request a loan from her through her business manager as if she was just another moneylender in the forum. The book was serialised as the Book at Bedtime on BBC Radio 4 from 4 to 15 September 2006, read by Douglas Hodge. He was also not militarily inclined so he did not seek the traditional path to political power through conquest either.

The book deals with the fascinating life of the political animal and great thinker, Marcus Tullius Cicero. Cicero is a junior Senator in the Roman Senate who has already garnered somewhat of a reputation as a brilliant speaker.The narrative is both epic and intimate, capturing the grandeur of Roman history and the personal tragedies of Cicero's life with equal effectiveness. With only ten days to go until the games of Pompey the Great, Cicero follows Terentia's advice and makes a short, withering speech saying he will make his case in the space of ten days. However, the two men intensely dislike each other and Cicero refuses to support Crassus's request for a triumph. Cicero puts on a splendid show with a large crowd of supporters and followers accompanying him on the parade and Hortensius comes up to him with a message which leaves Catilina and Hybrida confused as they know the two men are arch enemies.

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