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Cicero: The Life and Times of Rome's Greatest Politician - Anthony Everitt
Cicero: The Life and Times of Rome's Greatest Politician
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“All ages of the world have not produced a greater statesman and philosopher combined.”—John AdamsHe squared off against Caesar and was friends with young Brutus. He advised the legendary Pompey on his somewhat botched transition from military hero to politician. He lambasted Mark Antony and was... show more
“All ages of the world have not produced a greater statesman and philosopher combined.”—John AdamsHe squared off against Caesar and was friends with young Brutus. He advised the legendary Pompey on his somewhat botched transition from military hero to politician. He lambasted Mark Antony and was master of the smear campaign, as feared for his wit as he was for exposing his opponents’ sexual peccadilloes. Brilliant, voluble, cranky, a genius of political manipulation but also a true patriot and idealist, Cicero was Rome’s most feared politician, one of the greatest lawyers and statesmen of all times. Machiavelli, Queen Elizabeth, John Adams and Winston Churchill all studied his example. No man has loomed larger in the political history of mankind.In this dynamic and engaging biography, Anthony Everitt plunges us into the fascinating, scandal-ridden world of ancient Rome in its most glorious heyday. Accessible to us through his legendary speeches but also through an unrivaled collection of unguarded letters to his close friend Atticus, Cicero comes to life in these pages as a witty and cunning political operator.Cicero leapt onto the public stage at twenty-six, came of age during Spartacus’ famous revolt of the gladiators and presided over Roman law and politics for almost half a century. He foiled the legendary Catiline conspiracy, advised Pompey, the victorious general who brought the Middle East under Roman rule, and fought to mobilize the Senate against Caesar. He witnessed the conquest of Gaul, the civil war that followed and Caesar’s dictatorship and assassination. Cicero was a legendary defender of freedom and a model, later, to French and American revolutionaries who saw themselves as following in his footsteps in their resistance to tyranny. Anthony Everitt’s biography paints a caustic picture of Roman politics—where Senators were endlessly filibustering legislation, walking out, rigging the calendar and exposing one another’s sexual escapades, real or imagined, to discredit their opponents. This was a time before slander and libel laws, and the stories—about dubious pardons, campaign finance scandals, widespread corruption, buying and rigging votes, wife-swapping, and so on—make the Lewinsky affair and the U.S. Congress seem chaste.Cicero was a wily political operator. As a lawyer, he knew no equal. Boastful, often incapable of making up his mind, emotional enough to wander through the woods weeping when his beloved daughter died in childbirth, he emerges in these pages as intensely human, yet he was also the most eloquent and astute witness to the last days of Republican Rome.On Cicero:“He taught us how to think."—Voltaire“I tasted the beauties of language, I breathed the spirit of freedom, and I imbibed from his precepts and examples the public and private sense of a man.” —Edward Gibbon“Who was Cicero: a great speaker or a demagogue?” —Fidel CastroFrom the Hardcover edition.
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Format: paperback
ISBN: 9780375758959 (037575895X)
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
Pages no: 364
Edition language: English
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4.0 Review of Cicero by Anthony Everitt
A good biography of a man referenced a great deal in books I have read, but one I had never specifically read about. Cicero lived during the the famous years of the fall of the Roman Republic, and was a central player who knew and had influence with the great characters in Roman History. This book...
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3.0 Cicero: The Life and Times of Rome's Greatest Politician
A well-written, often amusing, biography of Cicero and his world.
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4.0 Cicero: The Life and Times of Rome's Greatest Politician [Anthony Everitt]
I don't have that much to say about this book. A lot of it I already knew (see that Ancient Rome class in college was good for something). There were points of the book that made me think I was really reading a book about Ceasar, since his life and that of Cicero's overlap so much at some points. ...
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4.0 Cicero: The Life and Times of Rome's Greatest Politician
I am not sure it was a good idea to read Cicero’s biography, by a historian, right after reading a fictionalized account by a reporter and novelist (especially if the fictionalized account is not yet complete –only two volumes of the trilogy have been published – [a:Robert Harris|575|Robert Harris|h...
Minor Characters
Minor Characters rated it
Interesting and yet lacking. Proof that a brilliant politician (and writer/orator) does not necessarily make for engrossing reading. The historical figures surrounding Cicero (Julius Caesar, Octavian, Mark Antony, etc.) are so much more interesting and overshadow the central focus of this book. E...
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