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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How advanced they were- culurally, economically, politically, artistically. Goodreads is the world’s largest site for readers with over 50 million reviews. Very interesting read, cicerl not for everyone.

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And much more veeritt your time My big criticism of the book was Everitt’s political opinions that he did not hold back. He believed that much suffering could be alleviated through right attitudes and a virtuous life. I couldn’t find the Classics section in the store, and I had to wait for the one bookstore worker to finish talking on a corded phone about some other inquiry.

His defense of clients brought him much attention; he published many of his speeches as one way to publicize himself and his ideas. View all 17 comments. There was a problem filtering reviews right now.

Mar 22, Linda Harkins rated eeveritt it was amazing. Cicero January 3, B. In fact, Catilina was only one in a long succession of charismatic populares.

veeritt Unsurprisingly, one of them was Cicero himself. Figuring that the problem was with me and probably not with Cicero or his prose, I bought this book at a local bookstore for a better understanding of Cicero’s life and the context in which he was writing.


Everitt paints a comprehensive picture of Cicero’s life at least, as comprehensive as possible given the sometimes sporadic record of his lettersand adequately places him in the context of the events of his day.

View all 5 comments. However saving the Republic is short lived because its problem was institutional, which–as Everitt points out– was something Cicero could not see. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Books by Anthony Everitt.

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Urbane, tolerant, humane, deeply learned and skeptical, Cicero is not only the anti-Catilina, he is also by extension hostile to all fanatics. At the same time, she was transforming an innocent object of female adornment into a devastating weapon. His achievement is to have replaced the austere classroom effigy with an altogether rounder, more awkward and human person. My favorite Roman time personae! The fundamental difficulty of writing a life of Cicero is that he’s not the most interesting person in the story by a long shot.

And he’s always making lame jokes and puns, which is definitely not my thing, though fortunately he wasn’t above potty humor. One of the sharpest political debates of the first century BC centred as it often has xicero in other political regimes on the nature of the emergency powers decree.

Anthony Everitt’s biography paints a caustic picture of Roman politics–where Senators were endlessly filibustering legislation, walking out, rigging the calendar and exposing one another’s sexual escapades, real or imagined, to discredit their opponents. It is a good supplement to Cicero’s letters which are very entertaining in their own right.

The book is of a manageable size pages–rather than something formidable like Everitt is clearly passionate and good at classical narratives. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Hadrian and the Triumph of Rome. Opposing Julius Caesar and his attempt to form a cicerl Roman government, Cicero remained a thorn in Caesar’s side until the emperor’s assassination.

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Another was the mercurial and violent Clodius, a wealthy member of the raffish circle of the poet Evertt. While not uncritically positive, Everitt clearly considers Cicero’s actions as a changeable, deliberate response to political necessity, using the preface to set up the book as ‘an exercise in rehabilitation’ [x].

Caesar tried ceaselessly to co-opt Cicero to his cause, without success. This book made me want to learn more about the history of Rome and all of the figures involved. I liked the book anyway. Using Cicero’s letters to his good friend Atticus, among other sources, Everitt recreates the fascinating world of political intrigue, sexual decadence and ciceroo unrest of Republican Rome.

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Perhaps this is a byproduct of the source material. It was not uncommon for this to be used as a political delay tactic, or a means of preventing dveritt assemblies from meeting.

Many modern historians, and no doubt a few sceptics at the time, have wondered exactly how much of a threat to the state Catiline posed. The political motivations of Cicero and his political colleagues were fascinating.