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Imperium : a novel of ancient Rome
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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
Power struggle
Roman history
Roman politics
Ancient Rome
Rome, Italy - Europe
Italy - Europe
Time Period
64 B.C. --
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  Library Journal Review

Harris reimagines a lost biography of Cicero actually written by Cicero's secretary, Tiro. With a ten-city tour. (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
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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