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Lustrum AUTHOR Robert Harris Free read ´ 6 Rome 63 BCIn a city on the brink of acuiring a vast empire seven men are struggling for power Cicero is consul Caesar his ruthless young rival Pompey the republic's greatest general Crassus its richest man Cato a political fanatic Catilina a psychopath Clodius an ambitious playboyThe stories of these real historical figures their alliances and betrayals their cruelties and seductions their brilliance and their crimes are all interleaved to form this epic novel Its narrator is Tiro a slave who serves as confidential secretary to the wily humane complex Cicero He knows all his master's secrets a dangerous position to be inFrom the discovery of a child's mutilated body through judicial execution and a scandalous trial to the brutal unleashing of the Roman mobLustrum is a study in the timeless enticements and horrors of power. A stunning trilogy Robert Harris has accomplished what many historical authors may aspire to but few attain He has created an ancient Rome alive with the sights the sounds the smells of a city towards the latter years of the republic He has painted a picture in my mind of warring commanders Pompey Caesar Crassus He has allowed me to view both the beauty of Rome from the aristocratic Palatine to the stench of the inner city streets He shows Romans as a people obsessed with wealth and from wealth flows power influence and the ultimate prize a position in the senate leading to first consul adorationPompey the great commander the chief general in the state A large chair was carried in for the Imperator and he settled himself into it An ivory pointer was placed in his hand A carpet was unrolled at his feet into which was woven a map of the east and as the senators gazed down he began gesticulating at it to illustrate his achievements Caesar the chief priest adored by all the masses fresh from military success biding his time as he waits panther like moulding the men of influence to attend to his every whim These two together with the wealthy Crassus form the triumvirate a power base for them to dictate and manipulate It is however a dangerous thing to allow so much imperium into the hands of the fewCicero s year as 1st consul is drawing to a close and some of his finest accomplishments are now just a distant memory When he faces a direct threat on his life it is to his wealthy companions that he turns for help and support but such friendship will always reuire payback Robert Harris shoes not only the strong side of Cicero but his weaknesses His aspirations to climb the social ladder result in a uestionable decision when he borrows money to purchase a grand property owned by Crassus in the exclusive Palatine hill As the candle slowly fades on a glittering senatorial career and as the influence of a few wealthy men starts to emerge the scene is set for a bloody conflict Rome should have learnt the lessons of the past that it is a grave mistake to leave so much power in the hands of a powerful minorityA wonderful story the subtle blending of fact and fiction makes Lustrum an essential readthe final chapter The Dictator now awaits me Highly recommended

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Lustrum AUTHOR Robert Harris Free read ´ 6 Rome 63 BCIn a city on the brink of acuiring a vast empire seven men are struggling for power Cicero is consul Caesar his ruthless young rival Pompey the republic's greatest general Crassus its richest man Cato a political fanatic Catilina a psychopath Clodius an ambitious playboyThe stories of these real historical figures their alliances and betrayals their cruelties and seductions their brilliance and their crimes are all interleaved to form this epic novel Its narrator is Tiro a slave who serves as confidential secretary to the wily humane complex Cicero He knows all his master's secrets a dangerous position to be inFrom the discovery of a child's mutilated body through judicial execution and a scandalous trial to the brutal unleashing of the Roman mobLustrum is a study in the timeless enticements and horrors of power. The perfect companion for all Roman history enthusiasts is the ROMA VICTRIX WINE BEAKER Calix Imperium Coupe vin en tain ROMA VICTRIX A follow up to Imperium though it can be read independently This book traces Cicero s life in the 5 year period lustrum starting from his consulship covering the time from the Catiline conspiracy to Caesar s departure for GaulHarris paints a vivid and dramatic picture of the eternally fascinating first century BCE Rome The Roman republic was slowly crumbling and Julius Caesar s power was on the rise The story is told from the perspective of Cicero s secretary slave TiroVery well written and researched although if you re not at all up on Roman history the names and titles might get a little confusing Harris provides a helpful key at the back though

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Lustrum AUTHOR Robert Harris Free read ´ 6 Rome 63 BCIn a city on the brink of acuiring a vast empire seven men are struggling for power Cicero is consul Caesar his ruthless young rival Pompey the republic's greatest general Crassus its richest man Cato a political fanatic Catilina a psychopath Clodius an ambitious playboyThe stories of these real historical figures their alliances and betrayals their cruelties and seductions their brilliance and their crimes are all interleaved to form this epic novel Its narrator is Tiro a slave who serves as confidential secretary to the wily humane complex Cicero He knows all his master's secrets a dangerous position to be inFrom the discovery of a child's mutilated body through judicial execution and a scandalous trial to the brutal unleashing of the Roman mobLustrum is a study in the timeless enticements and horrors of power. Excellent ouvrage trs bien document recommander tous ceux ui s intressent l histoire ancienne Et une belle rhabilitation de Ciceron trop souvent injustement calomni