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

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Cicero's plan is to have Gabinius summon Pompey to the rostra the next day, asking him to serve as supreme commander, and to have Pompey reject it and then the people would demand he take it.

I had kind of come to admire Catalina as the misunderstood sometimes-rascal presented in Steven Saylor's Gordianus the Finder mystery, "Catalina's Riddle".Verres goes into exile and Hortenius makes a written offer of one and a half million which Cicero and his team reject. But of course in all those comparisons is the implicit statement that Rome itself fell, multiple times, first as a Republic and then even as an Empire. And Tiro—the inventor of shorthand and author of numerous books, including a celebrated biography of his master (which was lost in the Dark Ages)—was always by his side.

When I was in university, I had the immense privilege and joy of taking a course in classical rhetoric. The narrative is both epic and intimate, capturing the grandeur of Roman history and the personal tragedies of Cicero's life with equal effectiveness. 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". Set in the dying days of the Roman Republic, Marcus Cicero begins his ascent through the ranks of the senate to become one of the most powerful men in Rome. They met when he was twenty-four years old and Cicero twenty-seven on the family estate in the hills of Arpinum.Marcus Caelius Rufus, the son of a wealthy banker, becomes Cicero's pupil and brings him political gossip. En estas memorias, un Tiro muy anciano relata la trayectoria de Cicerón desde su labor como abogado hasta su ascenso como cónsul, en las que presenciamos como el retórico va escalando dentro del senado valiéndose únicamente de su elocuencia. Anyway, the story is a fictional biography centering on the legendary orator, Cicero, as told by his private secretary, Tiro. At a meeting in the Senate Pompey's arrival is greeted with boos and jeering and Piso and the other aristocrats attack him for wanting to be a second Romulus in their determination to vote down the lex Gabinia.

Apart from Roman society not really being split along such simple lines, Cicero was never a radical in the slightest. The book was serialised as the Book at Bedtime on BBC Radio 4 from 4 to 15 September 2006, read by Douglas Hodge.Esto último, usado como recurso estilístico en ciertas obras con ambientación histórica -que NO históricas-, suele gustarme mucho por sus posibilidades cómicas. However, despite the fact that Cicero was not a sympathetic protagonist, I came to admire his tenacity in the face of social discrimination. 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. He has been a television correspondent with the BBC and a newspaper columnist for the London Sunday Times and The Daily Telegraph. I kept thinking of how politics through the centuries has never changed, up to the present day and recent elections.

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