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EBOOK ⛅ Conspirata ë Cicero returns to continue his struggle to grasp supreme power in the state of Rome Amidst treachery, vengeance, violence, and treason, this brilliant lawyer, orator, and philosopher finally reaches the summit of all his ambitions Cicero becomes known as the world s first professional politician, using his compassion, and deviousness, to overcome all obstacles Compelling historical fiction at its best Harris employs historical detail and an engrosing plot to give readers a man who is by turns a sympathetic hero and compromising manipulator who sets himself up for his own massive, violent ruin This trilogy charges forward, propelled by the strength of Harris s stunningly fascinating prose Internationally bestselling author Imperium was hailed as quite possibly Harris s most accomplished work to date Los Angeles Times and has received rave reviews from across the globe Robert Harris s novels have sold thanmillion copies and have been translated into thirty seven languages A fictional account of Cicero s consulship and the years until his forced departure from Rome, written by his longtime slave and secretary, Tiro, Harris has again written a stupendous account of insider politics in the Senate Tiro s narrative voice is generous but unsparing, exposing Cicero s greatness and pettiness It is hard not to draw parallels with contemporary politics, as populism is exploited money of the wealthy buys election victories and handsome men of dubious morals manipulate c A fictional account of Cicero s consulship and the years until his forced departure from Rome, written by his longtime slave and secretary, Tiro, Harris has again written a stupendous account of insider politics in the Senate Tiro s narrative voice is generous but unsparing, exposing Cicero s greatness and pettiness It is hard not to draw parallels with contemporary politics, as populism is exploited money of the wealthy buys election victories and handsome men of dubious morals manipulate crowds The research underlying Harris books is always exceptional and this one is no exception The plot centers on the will to power but much of the enjoyment is in the small details of Roman life, culture and morality A must read ufor anyone fascinated by the Roman Republic This book is the second volume of the Cicero trilogy The first is Imperium and the third has not been published yet The title of Lustrum used for the UK market refers to the five years in Cicero s life from the moment Cicero became Consul 63 58BC In the US it has been published as Conspirata The choice of titles for either side of the Atlantic invites speculation Lustrum presents a different Cicero from the one we saw in the first volume In Imperium we could witness the orator s climb thr This book is the second volume of the Cicero trilogy The first is Imperium and the third has not been published yet The title of Lustrum used for the UK market refers to the five years in Cicero s life from the moment Cicero became Consul 63 58BC In the US it has been published as Conspirata The choice of titles for either side of the Atlantic invites speculation Lustrum presents a different Cicero from the one we saw in the first volume In Imperium we could witness the orator s climb through the political ladder, thanks to his forceful speeches on the Verrus Trial, his first attack on Catilina, and on his election to Consul It was the story of a rising star.In Lustrum the rising of Cicero is at an end and we also discover a couple of his failings For although the book begins with his great battle and achievement during his Consulship year 63BC , or his dismantling of the Catilina conspiracy had it succeeded, the subsequent history of the western world would have developed differently , posterity continues to question the execution of the conspirators without trial Harris does a good job in presenting the case as rather complex, and not a simple and pure result of ruthless tyranny, and somewhat saves the hero like portrayal of Cicero Nonetheless, the facts are there Sadly and irritably, we also see him prone to the same weaknesses that we detect in our modern democracies politicians Cicero did let the illusion of grandeur feed his greed In his coveting too large and luxurious a mansion he compromised on principles instead of acting his writings, and so fell easily into the hands of his enemies.And finally, Lustrum is the story of Cicero gradually retreating in face of the overwhelming power that the three political beasts of Julius Caesar, Pompey and Crassus were massing and bringing to the fore Cicero after all was no military man and the pillars of Rome were physical and technical strength, not conceptual This final drama of Cicero s retreat is left hanging on our minds as the second volume, annoyingly, ends It certainly is a credit to Robert Harris s narrative abilities that he succeeds in creating a compelling suspense out of the life of a well known figure.This volume is so fully occupied with the very complex political intrigue, in which the many characters keep shifting positions in a Conspirata political ball, that the roman ness , which in Imperium seemed like an applied varnish, is better welded into the setting This dense plot also obscures the very quality that made Cicero such an influential figure in subsequent ages, his oratory And that is a shame.The third volume I googled around trying to find out when it will come out, unsuccessfully , will probably continue with Cicero s final confrontation with Marc Antony, and with the path towards Autocracy that the Republic was treading in its final years Harris has written a number of books about Rome and its Empire This one takes place just before the events that turn Rome from a republic to a dictatorship We have all the prime characters in play Pompey, Caesar, Crassus, Catalina, Cicero, etc.This book as is the case with others in the series is told from the perspective of Cicero s slave secretary, Tiro Rome is thick with politics as Cicero assumes the consulship We and Harris are lucky that so much of Cicero s thoughts have been preser Harris has written a number of books about Rome and its Empire This one takes place just before the events that turn Rome from a republic to a dictatorship We have all the prime characters in play Pompey, Caesar, Crassus, Catalina, Cicero, etc.This book as is the case with others in the series is told from the perspective of Cicero s slave secretary, Tiro Rome is thick with politics as Cicero assumes the consulship We and Harris are lucky that so much of Cicero s thoughts have been preserved and organized over the past 2000 years This is the foundation from which Harris builds his story of greed, power, murder and mayhem The first half of the book puts the reader right in the midst of a massive plot to overthrow the government The story begins a bit ponderously with a rare snow that has Rome somewhat paralyzed A body is discovered and, as incoming consul, Cicero is called to the scene It is the body of a young male slave, and the death was violent Cicero has no idea how entangled he will become in related events The death s significance is played out as the story gathers speed The first half of the book deals with his year as consul It has his greatest triumph as he arguably saves Rome from rebellion Lacking a famous family, Cicero is on the outside in Senate, though he is its head He has to fulfill campaign promises to his supporters while getting a majority together on major issues He has to balance the patrician faction with those who gain their support from the lower classes It all leads to constant conflict and shifting alliances In the second half of the book deals with how full of himself Cicero has become and the challenges of living apublic life and spending beyond his means The return of that triumphant general, Pompey, creates new threats to an Empire dependent on its army And, Caesar is always ready to seek advantage in even the smallest events In the end it comes down to what Cicero can do to impede Caesar s grasp for total control over the Empire The move by move chess game enlivens the historical facts of this four year period that was critical to Rome s future.Harris s has the ability to tell a compelling tale and he manages to weave seamlessly historical fact and fiction Famous characters such as Caesar and Cicero become fully formed people rather than the two dimensional names of history The conversations are well crafted revealing each historical player s idiosyncracies and enhancing the plot The fine details of Roman life religion, funerals, governance, and domestic life make this a lively and compelling picture of one of the most critical periods in history.PS Cicero, thanks to his writings may have been the citizen of Rome who had the greatest impact on Western Civilization for the next 2000 years His works, when re examined and amplified by Plutarch, served as a foundation for much of Renaissance thought And, his influence on European thought continued for centuries culminating in acknowledgements by many of the key figures of The Enlightenment Harris gives us the man, as well as his thoughts and does so in a manner that is easily accessible I tried reading Lustrum a while ago but gave up early on, sensing that it wasn t anywhere near as good as its preceding book, Imperium Except I really want to read Dictator, the final book in Robert Harris Cicero trilogy, which I m hoping will be awesome, and I ve been on a Harris kick lately, so I powered through Lustrum and I was right the first time because unfortunately it ain t all that and a bag of potatoes The novel is divided into two halves Consul, about Cicero s year as leader of I tried reading Lustrum a while ago but gave up early on, sensing that it wasn t anywhere near as good as its preceding book, Imperium Except I really want to read Dictator, the final book in Robert Harris Cicero trilogy, which I m hoping will be awesome, and I ve been on a Harris kick lately, so I powered through Lustrum and I was right the first time because unfortunately it ain t all that and a bag of potatoes The novel is divided into two halves Consul, about Cicero s year as leader of the Senate and de facto ruler of Rome, and Pater Patriae, that details his severe fall from such mighty heights The story centres around arch rival Catilina s conspiracy to assassinate Cicero and its aftermath, spanning roughly five years in total hence the title Lustrum, which is a period of five years, and the US Italian title of this book, Conspirata.Which sounds interesting and yet nah What made Imperium so compelling was the wonderfully viperous Caesar clashing with Cicero throughout which is why I want to read Dictator as I think that book is going to be full of that whereas Caesar, though his shadow looms over everything, is largely absent in Lustrum Instead, there s a lot of tedious politicking between way too many unmemorable characters too much talking, not enough action which just isn t very engaging or compelling to read.Some scenes are interesting the fate of the conspirators, pretty much every scene Cato was in and when Cicero goes to see Caesar at the end but it s precious few in a book nearly 450 pages long Still, Harris portrait of Cicero remains captivating and convincing and he brings Ancient Rome to life very skilfully As always, Harris writes well and things end in a tantalising way that makes me look forward to Dictator all the.I suppose given how things change for Cicero by the end, you probably need to have read Lustrum if you re planning on reading Dictator, and maybe you ll getout of this one than I did, but it s definitely a weak point in the series, so don t expect much from it