Using Cicero’s letters to his good friend Atticus, among other sources, Everitt recreates the fascinating world of political intrigue, sexual. Cicero by Anthony Everitt, , available at Book Depository with free delivery worldwide. In the introduction to Cicero, author Anthony Everitt laments the Perhaps the greatest measure of the success of Everitt’s book—as much a.

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One other thing that Everitt did well was convey how witty Cicero was. For those wanting more, there’s a selection of sources at the back of the book, and of course, there’s Cicero’s own works there for the reading.


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

In part, this may have been by intent — territories obtained through war were likely subjugated. View all 3 comments. My quibble I always enjoy reading history books that are written in an assessable manner. It is a good supplement to Cicero’s letters which are very entertaining in their own right.

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

He had administrative skills of a very high After reading Everitt’s book on Augustus, I knew I would enjoy this one on Cicero. The Rise of Rome: Why tell this story through a mostly passive, vain, vacillating figure like Cicero?

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. Everitt takes the reader on a guide though one of the clcero interesting lives in one of the most interesting times. But the great majority of his contemporaries – and of course posterity itself – were much kinder to Cicero, and this engrossing new biography fveritt Anthony Everitt does a superb job of explaining why…Cicero’s political life forms the real backbone of this book…As an explicator, Everitt is admirably informative and free from breathlessness.


What really intrigues me is what Davor Butkovic Letters, 20 September thinks vixere means. The story of Rome’s decent into dictatorship, the attempt at recovering republicanism, and then the reassertion of dictatorship is the stuff that western history is made of, and Everitt’s book is a good place to get a sense of who did what when and what Cicero had to say about it.

My problem, is the usual confusion with the many names. As an explicator, Everitt is admirably informative and free from breathlessness. I also found the connection between superstition, ritual, and politics to be interesting.

Urbane, tolerant, humane, deeply learned and skeptical, Cicero is not only the anti-Catilina, he is also by extension hostile to all eveirtt. Everitt underlines this point by ending his excellent book with a little anecdote.

The weakness of this biography is while Everitt might be aiming at a form of historical rehabilitation, I’m not sure Cicero was ever really in need of rehabilitation. Eliot’s character of Prufrock captures Cicero! He favored not monarchy nor oligarchy nor fveritt, but a combination of all three. Other regions of the Empire were disenfranchised.

Above all, this is a good window into a short but important slice of Roman history. No man has loomed larger in the political history of mankind. Ordinarily, opposing Caesar was not conducive to longevity. He advised the legendary Pompey on his botched transition from military hero to politician.

Oct 21, Sara rated it really liked it. Through his pen Cicero emerges as a likeable and closer figure from whom we have a great deal to learn today, and who should stay out of the Olympus of Forgotten Figures and of the Myth of the Boring Classics. While not uncritically positive, Everitt clearly considers Cicero’s actions as a changeable, deliberate response egeritt political necessity, using the preface to set up the book as ‘an exercise in rehabilitation’ [x].

But Cicero quickly fled the scene.

Learn more about Amazon Giveaway. Everitt admits that he has knowingly put cicego a different some would say positive interpretation of Cicero’s motives and actions, as an exercise of repackaging historical figures for a new generation in the genre of historical biography, taking into account how any generation’s own history colors perceptions.


Cicero : Anthony Everitt :

A solid biography of the advocate and orator. And few ancient careers strike such ominous chords with our own era. 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.

The story itself is also fascinating, filled with everity and counter-ploys, strokes of fate and decisive events. There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Paperbackpages. Roman politics, after all, was not a polite chess game: I haven’t studied that myself since many years ago when Ficero was a very indifferent student in Miss Roberta Brown’s seventh grade ancient history class at Port Allegany Union High School.

Before wrapping up, I should note that there’s a potential objection here: Like many well-educated Romans, he had a eferitt nostalgia for the countryside, for the simple life of the farm, most famously expressed evdritt his “Conversations in Tusculum,” which celebrate his idyllic villa at Tusculum near today’s Frascati just south of Rome. To secure his position he needed to make a splash during his year as Consul. From the earlier transcriptions of the political speeches that Cicero composed as a youngish and aspiring politician, he moved at a somewhat later stage to more meditative musings on a balanced life, duty, and friendship, bequeathing to posterity his accumulated wisdom.

I found it the most wonderfully written and perfectly paced book I’ve read or reviewed in ages.