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Imperium : a novel of ancient Rome
2006
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Characters
M. Tullius Tiro (Male), Slave, Household slave for Marcus Cicero; served as his "confidential secretary" for 36 years
Marcus Cicero (Male), Statesman, Orator, Consulship, Rome's highest office; loathed by the aristocracts; on a quest for supreme power; uncovered a plot by Marcus Crassus and Julius Caesar to rig the elctions and seize power
Genre
Fiction
Historical
Suspense
Political
Topics
Slavery
Statesmen
Orators
Quests
Conspiracies
Power struggle
Roman history
Roman politics
Elections
Ancient Rome
Setting
Rome, Italy - Europe
Italy - Europe
Time Period
64 B.C. --
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  Library Journal Review

There is strong historical evidence that Tiro, slave and secretary to Marcus Cicero, one of the greatest of the Roman senators, wrote a biography of his master that is supposed to have been lost during the Middle Ages. Using existing records of Cicero's speeches and writings, Harris (Pompeii) has re-created Tiro's biographical work in this novel of Cicero, who to this day is known as a consummate politician, skilled litigator, and gifted orator. Factual and true to Cicero's original writings though this work may be, a certain dry recitation of dates and events renders it less a novel than a semifictional piece of nonfiction. Nonetheless, 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. Recommended for public and university libraries where there is an interest in ancient civilizations. [See Prepub Alert, LJ 5/15/06.]-Jane Henriksen Baird, Anchorage Municipal Libs., AK (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

  Publishers Weekly Review

Bestselling British author Harris (Pompeii; Enigma) returns to ancient Rome for this entertaining and enlightening novel of Marcus Cicero's rise to power. Narrated by a household slave named Tiro, who actually served as Cicero's "confidential secretary" for 36 years, this fictional biography follows the statesman and orator from his early career as an outsider a "new man" from the provinces to his election to the consulship, Rome's highest office, in 64 B.C. Loathed by the aristocrats, Cicero lived by his wits in a tireless quest for imperium the ultimate power of life and death and achieves "his life's ambition" after uncovering a plot by Marcus Crassus and Julius Caesar to rig the elections and seize control of the government. Harris's description of Rome's labyrinthine, and sometimes deadly, political scene is fascinating and instructive. The action is relentless, and readers will be disappointed when Harris leaves Cicero at the moment of his greatest triumph. Given Cicero's stormy consulship, his continuing opposition to Julius Caesar and his own assassination, readers can only hope a sequel is in the works. Until then, this serves as a superb first act. 350,000 announced first priting; 10-city author tour. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
Summary
From the New York Times bestselling author of Fatherland and Pompeii comes an epic blockbuster about the violent, treacherous world of Roman politics and the struggle for supreme power.
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