When Tiro, the confidential secretary of a Roman senator, opens the door to a terrified stranger on a cold November morning, he sets in motion a chain of events which will eventually propel his master into one of the most famous courtroom dramas in ...
history. The stranger is a Sicilian, a victim of the island's corrupt Roman governor, Verres. The senator is Cicero, a brilliant young lawyer and spellbinding orator, determined to attain imperium - supreme power in the state. This is the starting-point of Robert Harris' most accomplished novel to date. Compellingly written in Tiro's voice, it takes us inside the violent, treacherous world of Roman politics, to describe how one man - clever, compassionate, devious, and vulnerable - fought to reach the top. 'Sometimes it is foolish to articulate an ambition too early - exposing it prematurely to the laughter and skepticism of the world can destroy it before it is even properly born. But sometimes the opposite occurs, and the very act of mentioning a thing makes it suddenly seem possible, even plausible. That was how it was that night. When Cicero pronounced the word "consul" he planted it in the ground like a standard for us all to admire. And for a moment we glimpsed the brilliant, starry future through his eyes, and saw that he was right: that if he took down Verres, he had a chance; that he might - just - with luck - go all the way to the summit...'
Intrigante analisi dell'oratore Marco Tulio Cicerone e della sua ascesa al potere tra gli intrighi politici della Roma pre cesariana. Sebbene in alcuni punti la lingua abbia la pretesa di essere molto pomposa e colta la tensione non cala quasi mai.
..." Da leggere per gli amanti della storia antica!Continua...Nascondi
intrigues in Rome through the eyes of Cicero's scriban
A very original insight in the life of Rome, where corruption, betrayls, dark figures and powerful men rule. Every page is a surprise, the race of Cicero towards the final Imperium takes your breath away and makes you want to read more and more. A
..." good way of reviewing Roman history and historical characters through a thrilling story and a wonderfully depicted hero, Cicero, represented as a real man, with dark sides, compromises and weaknesses. Continua...Nascondi
Fascinating read, extremely well written. Told through the eyes of a slave, and confidential secretary to Cicero, it's the story of Rome and 'high politics'. Really unlike any other historical drama I've read.