Imperium – Robert Harris

UnknownI love Roman history.  Here, the life of Senator Marcus Cicero is detailed by his faithful slave, Tiro — before Cicero attains supreme power, or Imperium.  It begins when a Sicilian aristocrat begs for help.  The man was robbed by the island’s corrupt governor, Verras, who is now trying to falsely convict him and sentence him to a violent death.  Only Cicero, one of Rome’s most ambitious lawyers, and a spellbinding orator, can exonerate him and attain justice.  Cicero uses his wit, his rhetorical abilities, and his voice to fight for the man’s life, navigating the violence, treachery and fraud that is Roman law and politics.  The story is based on real events in the life of Cicero who contends with Caeser, Pompey, Crassus and Antony.  I loved the book’s sequel, Conspirata, as well. Although Harris has long promised a third book, I don’t think it’s been published.  It’s confusing as Imperium and Conspirata were published under different names in Britain. I hope Harris will eventually complete the trilogy.

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