Imperium by Robert Harris

By Robert Harris

From the bestselling writer of Pompeii comes the 1st quantity in an exhilarating new trilogy set in old Rome — an imaginary biography of Cicero, Rome’s first and maximum politician.

Of all of the nice figures of Roman instances, none used to be extra interesting or beautiful than Marcus Cicero. an excellent legal professional and orator, a well-known wit and thinker, he introduced himself on the age of twenty-seven into the violent, treacherous international of Roman politics. Cicero was firm to realize imperium, the very best energy within the kingdom. Beside him continuously in his fight to arrive the head — the workplace of Consul — was once his exclusive secretary, Tiro. An finished guy, Tiro was once the inventor of shorthand and the writer of diverse books, together with a well-known lifetime of Cicero, regrettably misplaced in the dead of night Ages.

In Imperium, Robert Harris recreates Tiro’s vanished masterpiece, recounting in brilliant element the tale of Cicero’s upward push to energy, from radical younger attorney to first citizen of Rome, competing with males resembling Pompey, Caesar, Crassus and Cato.

Harris’s Cicero is an immensely sympathetic determine. In his advent to this imaginary memoir, Taro states: “Cicero was once specified within the heritage of the Roman republic in that he pursued perfect strength without assets to aid him except his personal talent... All he had used to be his voice, and through sheer attempt of will, he became it into the main recognized voice within the world.”

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A B L U E P R I N T F O R C I V I L WA R ? 31 In the ensuing riots, Tiberius encouraged the people to depose Octavius for not acting in the best wishes of the electorate, which was swiftly passed. Tiberius may have got his legislation, but at a grave cost – the manipulation of the political system to serve one person’s wishes would increasingly be considered as a viable option by many following, with disastrous results. In the end, however, the laws were passed. The three land commissioners appointed were Tiberius, his brother Gaius and Appius Claudius Pulcher (Tiberius’ father-in-law).

It was they who dealt with the tax collection in the provinces and were directly affected by the piracy threat, and who provided money and loans to all in Rome. There were some very negative comments about Brutus and his money-lending practices – not just because of his exorbitant interest rates, but largely because he was from the senatorial classes. Nevertheless, there was competition between the two groups, but in the race for senatorial dominance, those seeking political office employed numerous ways to achieve their goals.

If there weren’t delays or violent riots, some 44 individuals were elected every year for the main political offices. While the assemblies that elected these individuals are mentioned at length below, it might be interesting to compare modern and ancient representation. In many English-speaking countries, such as the UK, Ireland and the USA, elections take place every four to five years. In a country such as Ireland, there are 166 members of its parliament (or Oireachtas) for a population of four million (2006 census) with voting rights for a little over three million citizens.

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