Cicero: The Life and Times of Rome's Greatest Politician

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Random House Incorporated, 2001 - Biography & Autobiography - 359 pages
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In this biography Anthony Everitt brings to life the world of ancient Rome in its glorious heyday. Cicero squared off against Caesar and was friends with young Brutus. He advised Pompey on his botched transition from military hero to politician. He lambasted Mark Antony and was the master of the smear campaign, as feared for his wit as he was for exposing his opponents' sexual peccadilloes. Brilliant, voluble, cranky, a terrible gossip, and a genius of political manipulation, Cicero was Rome's most revered politician, one of the greatest statesmen of all time. Accessible to us through unguarded letters written to his best friend, Atticus, Cicero emerges as a witty and resourceful political manipulator, the most eloquent witness to the last days of Republican Rome.

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Overall, the book was educational. - Goodreads
Rubicon is a better starting point. - Goodreads
Everitt has an interesting writing style. - Goodreads
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I really like this book. It is easy to read and focuses on Cicero, Caesar, Sulla, Clodios and many others. I'm only half way through. The book outlines political, economic and social conditions of the ... Read full review

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User Review  - Avis Black - Goodreads

This is the second biography I've read by Anthony Everitt, and it's quite good. Cicero as the greatest legal advocate of his day, and he wrote a ton of letters to a friend who carefully preserved them ... Read full review

Contents

Fault Lines
9
The Forum and the Fray
47
Politics and Foreign Postings
67
Copyright

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About the author (2001)

Anthony Everittís fascination with ancient Rome began when he studied classics in school and has persisted ever since. He read English literature at Cambridge University and served four years as secretary general of the Arts Council for Great Britain. A visiting professor of arts and cultural policy at Nottingham Trent University and City University, Everitt has written extensively on European culture and development, and has contributed to the Guardian and Financial Times since 1994. Cicero, his first biography, was chosen by both Allan Massie and Andrew Roberts as the best book of the year in the United Kingdom. Anthony Everitt lives near Colchester, Englandís first recorded town, founded by the Romans, and is working on a biography of Augustus.

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