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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.
His second marriage lasted only a few months. 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. Cicero nevertheless lived to tell his tale for several reasons: They have had almost as exotic an afterlife as the Conspiracy itself, particularly the opening sentence: He always tried to see all the angels and jockeyed for a position that put him in the best place politically while betraying as few of his political convictions as possible.
The last years of the republic were turbulent with so many political players and various plots and counter-plots, that it is impossible to weave it all into one smooth narrative.
Things were not always smooth. The Romans not only bequeathed us the form of a democratic republic, they bequeathed the political gamesmanship that goes with it. Perhaps this is a byproduct of the source material.
He is well researched and all his sources are listed in the back and identified line by line, but I prefer footnotes because they are easier to use. To the optimates he was a suspect arriviste; to the populares he was a dangerous reactionary.
Would you like to tell us about a lower price? His letters reveal that he may have been somewhat unaware of how influential he really was.
With no standing police force and troops forbidden to enter the city, Rome was frequently prostrate before the whims of political gangs. See and discover other items: Catiline himself may have been a far-sighted radical cancellation of debts could have been just what Rome needed in 63 BC ; he might equally well have been an unprincipled terrorist. But Cicero did very well given his circumstances.
Buy the selected items together This item: To his credit, in instances when Everitt makes inferences that fall outside the scope of what is written in his source material, he clearly works hard to place these inferences in the context of accepted historical background knowledge on Roman culture and social institutions.
Cicero by Cucero Everitt is a good account of the man’s life in the sense that eeveritt is relatively short, entertaining, and modern in voice. To ask other readers questions about Ciceroplease sign up.
But to my tastes, Everitt’s biography of Cicero is excellent for the reader with a casual interest in this time period in Rome.
He was a flawed leader, but one whose role is important to be aware of. At Cicero’s instigation, Catilina was easily crushed by a loyal army and the leading conspirators executed without trial. Sep 14, Mike rated it liked it. Cicero had reached the heights of office when he became consul in 63 B. View all 8 comments.
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How advanced they were- culurally, economically, politically, artistically. Anthony Everitt, in his suave and gripping biography of Cicero, the famed orator of the late republic, reminds us that things were certainly not simple for the Romans themselves.
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This is the sort of opening to which one goes back to reread after finishing the book. A brilliant and sometimes scathing lawyer from a well-to-do provincial family, Cicero found himself unwillingly at the heart of a year civil war that pitted the traditional oligarchy of the Senate — known as the optimates — against a new breed of fiery class-war demagogues known as populares.
Mary Beard reviews ‘Cicero’ by Anthony Everitt · LRB 23 August
May 08, Jill rated it it was amazing. He favored not monarchy nor oligarchy nor democracy, but a combination of all three.
Dec 24, Ulfah rated it it was amazing. I read this after reading the Robert Cicerp trilogy of historical novels about Cicero, and to some extent Everitt’s Cicero suffers by comparison to the more intriguing fictional version created by novelist Harris.
While some writers are at least partially celebrated for the role they played in key events — Milton, let’s say — they tend to have some masterpiece upon which to hang their hats, clearly overshadowing the parts of their biography wrapped up in politics and war.