Imperium: A Novel of Ancient Rome

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Simon and Schuster, Sep 19, 2006 - Fiction - 320 pages
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From the bestselling author of Fatherland and Pompeii, comes the first novel of a trilogy about the struggle for power in ancient Rome.

In his “most accomplished work to date” (Los Angeles Times), master of historical fiction Robert Harris lures readers back in time to the compelling life of Roman Senator Marcus Cicero. The re-creation of a vanished biography written by his household slave and righthand man, Tiro, Imperium follows Cicero’s extraordinary struggle to attain supreme power in Rome.

On a cold November morning, Tiro opens the door to find a terrified, bedraggled stranger begging for help. Once a Sicilian aristocrat, the man was robbed by the corrupt Roman governor, Verres, who is now trying to convict him under false pretenses and sentence him to a violent death. The man claims that only the great senator Marcus Cicero, one of Rome’s most ambitious lawyers and spellbinding orators, can bring him justice in a crooked society manipulated by the villainous governor. But for Cicero, it is a chance to prove himself worthy of absolute power. What follows is one of the most gripping courtroom dramas in history, and the beginning of a quest for political glory by a man who fought his way to the top using only his voice—defeating the most daunting figures in Roman history.
 

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User Review  - Schlyne - LibraryThing

It's very well written. I enjoyed the first half of the book more than the second, I think. There was a little bit in the middle where it seemed to get bogged down just politics and less "intrigue" of ... Read full review

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User Review  - BrendaRT20 - LibraryThing

Really well written and researched story of Cicero's rise to power and life in ancient Rome. Thoroughly enjoyed it. Kept me totally hooked. The parallels in what happened then and what is happening with government in the US now are interesting. Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
3
Section 2
13
Section 3
35
Section 4
47
Section 5
61
Section 6
79
Section 7
93
Section 8
113
Section 11
169
Section 12
193
Section 13
211
Section 14
227
Section 15
245
Section 16
257
Section 17
273
Section 18
289

Section 9
129
Section 10
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Section 19
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About the author (2006)

Robert Harris is the author of Pompeii, Enigma, and Fatherland. He has been a television correspondent with the BBC and a newspaper columnist for the London Sunday Times and The Daily Telegraph. His novels have sold more than ten million copies and been translated into thirty languages. He lives in Berkshire, England, with his wife and four children.

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