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Imperium (2006)

por Robert Harris

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Of all the great figures of the Roman world, none was more fascinating or charismatic than Marcus Cicero, the greatest orator of all time, who at the age of twenty-seven was determined to attain imperium--supreme power in the state. At his side was the everpresent Tiro, the confidential secretary and slave, whose celebrated biography of his master was lost in the Dark Ages. Imperium is the re-creation of Tiro's vanished masterpiece, recounting in vivid detail the story of Cicero's extraordinary quest for glory.… (mais)
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    YossarianXeno: Rubicon and Imperium are both exceptionally well-written and researched accounts, one non-fiction and the other fiction, of the politics of Rome covering much of the period.
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Well written tale of a time period I wasn't very familiar with. Describes the early history of Cicero through the voice of his scribe Tito. Lots of detail about the political machinations of that time period. The story was a heavy life at times, but I'm glad to have stuck with it. Next up is the story of Cicero's middle career in another book likely to be as informative as the first. ( )
  Pmaurer | Aug 28, 2020 |
The 1969/1970 comedy Up Pompeii starred British comedian Frankie Howerd as put upon slave Lurcio always ready and willing to spread a little gossip from his adopted Roman household. Now in no way am I trying to suggest or draw a comparison between Lurcio and Tiro (personal secretary to Tiro) but using a member of Cicero’s household to act as narrator we have a wonderful “fly on the wall” storyteller. Cicero was an excellent lawyer, orator, shrewd politician and through his own speeches and letters Robert Harris is able to construct a powerful unforgettable story of Rome at a time of great turmoil and change. By using the voice of Tiro, first a slave then a freeman of Cicero, he effectively invites us the reader to enjoy a private view of the Roman Republic.

The first part of Imperium shows Cicero develop his skills both as orator and advocate using his talents to expose the tyrannical reign of Gaius Verres, Roman magistrate, notorious for his misgovernment of Sicily extorting local farmers and plundering temples for his own personal gain….”Gaius Verres has robbed the treasury and behaved like a pirate and a destroying pestilence in his province of Sicily. You have only to find this man guilty and respect in you will be rightly restored”….His most heinous crime was the crucifixion of Publius Gavius accused of being a spy and sentenced to death….”and had Gavius stripped naked and publicly flogged before us all. Then he was tortured with hot irons. And then he was crucified”….Civis romanus sum were the only words uttered by Gabius as he slowly died.

The second half of the book is given over to Cicero’s bid to be elected one of Rome’s two governing consuls and by so doing achieved “Imperium” absolute power. It is wonderful to be party to and to understand just how difficult oppressive and cruel life could be for the ordinary populace of Rome in the latter days of the Republic. Wealth was king, wealth was the stepping stones of a life of influence, status and honour. We meet the great players of the day, Pompey and Crassus, efficient killing machines, at advancing the rule of Rome spreading citizenship for and wide. Success in battle resulted in wealth, (plundered) power and influence….”Crassus, said Pompey at once his old enemy was never far from his thoughts”….”Well I suppose if you are really worried said Cicero we could always specify that the supreme commander should be an ex consul whose name begins with a P”….

Imperium is the first of a trilogy about the life of Cicero, It is a brilliant piece of writing, taut, informative, alive with the sights and sounds of everyday Rome….”Rome is not a question of blood or religion: Rome is an ideal, Rome is the highest embodiment of liberty and law that mankind has yet achieved in the ten thousand years since our ancestors came down from those mountains and learned how to live as communities under the rule of law”…
Highly, highly recommended! ( )
  runner56 | Apr 7, 2020 |
Roman politics as a gripping tale of ambition and intrigue. Robert Harris does this very well indeed. ( )
  peterjt | Feb 20, 2020 |
I put this in the history category instead of fiction because it is really based on events that happened. I guess I need an historical fiction section, but I would have to redo a lot of my things. Anyway, a wonderful study of politics under the Roman empire, and of Cicero and his climb to power by being an honest lawyer, something that is rare. Beware of secretaries hiding behind curtains, especially if they have perfected shorthand. ( )
  LindaLeeJacobs | Feb 15, 2020 |
A gripping and enjoyable political drama about a guy who really wants to be elected to office and how he works — and sometimes creates — the system to achieve his goal. Parallels to modern political machinations are easy to draw, and even though our hero has a bit of tarnish, his skill as a master rhetorician and negotiator are admirable. Our narrator is bright and kind with a healthy sense of humor about his subject, though there is obvious affection between the men.

I am looking forward to part two in the series. Rumor has it there is a part three, but I can't find any evidence of it. Perhaps it's in the works. I'd read that too. ( )
  revafisheye | Jan 10, 2020 |
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In his new novel, “Imperium,” the British author Robert Harris fictionalizes Cicero’s less-known early career as a young lawyer on the make. He paints an engrossing picture of the caldron of Roman politics and presents a Cicero for our own times, a man who is the lineal ancestor of the modern career politician.
adicionada por srdr | editarThe New York Times, Marcel Theroux (Oct 22, 2006)
 
The result is an experiment as bold as it is unexpected: a novel that draws so scrupulously on the Roman source material that it forgoes much of what are traditionally regarded as the prime features of the thriller. Although there is detective work, there is no detective; although there are twists and turns, there is rarely any artificial ratcheting up of suspense. Instead, Harris trusts to the rhythm of the republic's politics to generate his trademark readability, a rhythm that the Romans themselves enshrined in their literature as something relentlessly exciting: in short, a thriller. Genres ancient and modern have rarely been so skilfully synthesised.
adicionada por souloftherose | editarThe Guardian, Tom Holland (Sep 2, 2006)
 

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Of all the great figures of the Roman world, none was more fascinating or charismatic than Marcus Cicero, the greatest orator of all time, who at the age of twenty-seven was determined to attain imperium--supreme power in the state. At his side was the everpresent Tiro, the confidential secretary and slave, whose celebrated biography of his master was lost in the Dark Ages. Imperium is the re-creation of Tiro's vanished masterpiece, recounting in vivid detail the story of Cicero's extraordinary quest for glory.

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