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

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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. So I did enjoy this in parts as I love this period, but objectively speaking this just isn't that good a book. 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 narration is a little on the verbose side, with lots of description and exposition (which can be useful, given the historical setting, I suppose), so at times the pacing feels off. You can change your choices at any time by visiting Cookie preferences, as described in the Cookie notice. Y, al final, la ambición y el esfuerzo del protagonista, enfrentado a sus enemigos, en un camino plagado de conspiraciones por el poder, resulta ser casi tan interesante como si se nos presentara una gran batalla al frente de las legiones romanas. Si ya digo que lo buenos de esto de GR sois los amigos a los que ya conozco los gustos… Si ponéis 4 o 5 estrellas a un libro es difícil que no me vaya a gustar. Executive Summary: I really enjoyed the first 50% and the last 15% or so, but the third in between got kind of slow.Imperium is a gripping read particularly thanks to three brilliant scenes, the Trial of Verres; Cicero’s Denouncement of Catilina; and Cicero’s election as Consul. e. consuls had imperium and so did an army commander but he only held it outside the city and laid it down before crossing into the city of Rome. Harris's ability to create suspense is unparalleled, even though the outcome is a matter of historical record. It didn’t so much feel that I was being taught something, rather that I was being told stories – often interesting stories, too. For example, Crassus, bringing his army back to Rome, crucified 6000 prisoners, slaves, along more than 300 miles of the Appian way, spacing he crosses about 17 to the mile, as a warning to any future Spartacus who might wish to revolt against the imperium.

This series is a must-read for anyone interested in history, politics, or simply a masterfully crafted story that transcends the ages.Well written, Tiro paints the picture that Cicero was the master of politics and if what is in this book is correct, then Machiavelli had nothing on Cicero! He took on a risky case against Verres, the corrupt former governor of Sicily on behalf of the island's citizens.

The novel is narrated in first person by Cicero's freedman and secretary Marcus Tullius Tiro (upon freedom, slaves used to take up the praenomen and nomen of their masters), and covers Cicero's early life as a struggling young advocate trying to make a name for himself as he studiously takes classes with legendary orators from Greece both to improve his speech-giving style, his rhetoric and to cure his annoying stutter. The aristocratic centuries have been instructed to switch their support from Catilina to Cicero and, despite Crassus’ vote purchase, the turnout is large enough to swing the election Cicero's way, and he is the outright winner for consul with 193 centuries, followed by Hybrida with 102.

Nevertheless, when Harris needs to move the plot forward, he doesn’t hesitate to use time jumps; and, Tiro is a pretty interesting narrator. There is something very rewarding about breaking down even the most modern of eloquent orations and finding, in their bones, the lessons learned and promulgated by voices from two millennia ago. A pretty decent novel about Roman politician and arguably greatest orator Marcus Tullius Cicero, that I understand is the start of a trilogy. Robert Harris has been replaced by an alien doppelganger, probably the same alien who wrote Iron and Rust, pretending to be Harry Sidebottom.

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