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Cicero was described as a defender of the republic, and a brilliant orator, but most of all, a politician. At the same time, she was transforming an innocent object of female adornment into a devastating ciceto. Everitt has an interesting writing style. Clodius was eventually murdered himself in just such an unseemly brawl, but after him came pretenders who were more cunning and better organized.

Cicero: The Life and Times of Rome’s Greatest Politician

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Anthony Everitt’s Cicero is a strong biography of the important Roman lawyer, statesman, author, and politician. Kindle Edition Verified Purchase.

Cicero : The Life and Times of Rome’s Greatest Politician

This inflexibility had disastrous consequences as it became increasingly clear that the Roman state was incapable of responding adequately to the challenges it faced. Congratulations on spotting a real winner. Ordinarily, opposing Caesar was not conducive to longevity. Everitt builds his biography on an impressive set of first-hand letters, giving an intimate portrait of Cicero’s take on politics, relationships, and philosophy. Instead, fresh from the revolutionary excitements ofIbsen portrays Catiline as a charismatic leader desperately challenging the corruption of the world in which he lives — only to die in the final scene, in a gory suicide pact with his noble wife.

Everitt has written books about Roman history, amongst which biographies of Augustus, Hadrian and Cicero and a book on The Rise of Rome.


All in all, this is a strong biography of an important but currently underappreciated Roman leader, author, and thinker. Cicero was essentially a conservative who firmly believed that by persuasion and negotiation the former and idyllic Republic could come back to Rome and a healthy democratic society could be reinstated.

I am not Prince Hamlet, nor was meant to be; Am an attendant lord, one that will do To swell a progress, start a scene or two, Advise the prince; no doubt, an easy tool, Deferential, glad to be of use, Politic, cautious, and meticulous; Full of high sentence, but a bit obtuse; At times, indeed, almost ridiculous— Almost, at times, the Fool.

Within the culture, religion, personal preferences, economy, political policies, speeches, personal lives, food, and building layouts, Everitt shows Cicero to be a complex and moral man if perhaps not always a politically effective one.

Nov 24, Timothy rated it really liked it.

Cicero was a wily political operator. Jul 22, Andy rated it really liked it. Everitt provides a good historical guide to the complex times in which Cicero lived, starting with a primer on the governmental structure of the Roman Republic, explaining the political turmoil that ran through much of Cicero’s life culminating in the assassination of Julius Caesar and the civil war that followedand showing how this “new man,” through his talent for thinking and speaking, became one of the key figures in Roman politics in the waning days of the Republic.

Perhaps this is a byproduct of the source material.

My problem, is the usual confusion with the many names. Cicero had a son, Marcus, and a much-beloved daughter Tullia who died while giving birth.

Mar 15, Brian rated it really liked it. Accessible to us through his legendary speeches but also through an unrivaled collection of unguarded letters to his close friend Atticus, Cicero comes to life in these pages as a witty and cunning political eeveritt.


Boastful, often incapable of making up his mind, emotional enough to wander through the woods cicfro 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.

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With Cicero, it starts off with Robert Harris’s first book on the Cicero trilogy. He was a Republican and a patriot, even way past the point that the Republic was still tenable.

He gave to Europe the ideal everiitt what could be called non-ideological man. Description “All ages of the world have not produced a greater statesman and philosopher combined. See all reviews.

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. With no standing police force and troops forbidden to enter the city, Rome was frequently prostrate before the whims of political gangs. Books by Anthony Everitt.

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A visiting professor of arts and cultural policy at Nottingham Trent University and City University, Everitt has written extensively on European culture and development, and has contributed to the Guardian and Financial Times since Explore the Home Gift Guide.