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Cicero: The Life and Times of Rome’s Greatest Politician by Anthony Everitt
Antony was not amused. Political debate became polarized into bitter conflicts, with radical outsiders trying to press change on conservative insiders who, in the teeth of all the evidence, believed that all was for the best under the best of all possible constitutions Jan 31, Steven Peterson rated it really liked it. Flap copy “All ages of the world have not produced a greater statesman and philosopher combined.
View all 17 comments. We know so much about him, thanks to the happy chance which has seen so much of his correspondence preserved, that it is possible to write the sort of biography of Cicero that one might write about someone from, say, the nineteenth century. What Everitt does better than anything else is illuminate the earthy, visceral mayhem that was Rome. From Everitt’s book, it seems Cicero was, at times, courageous in his rhetoric and at times, he was cowardly. He advised the legendary Pompey on his somewhat botched transition from military hero to politician.
The book is a nice balance of concision and comprehensiveness, leading the reader through the proto-Byzantine web of plots and factions that characterized Rome at the fall of the Republic, providing not just Cicero’s take on the lead players but also a more objective look at what he missed. So, too, would the schoolboy elite of the West from the Renaissance until about the middle of the 20th century. In triumph, Cicero shouted just one famous word to the crowds waiting in the Roman Forum: Cicero was a legendary defender of freedom and a model, later, to French and Americanrevolutionaries who saw themselves as following in his footsteps in their resistance to tyranny.
Everitt is clearly passionate and good at classical narratives. While he was often unlucky during cucero life unlike Julius Caesar the birds never seemed to be on Cicero’s side after his ‘good death’ Cicero seems to have flourished. Even if you don’t understand the original Latin, I’m sure that you’ll appreciate his words. Books of the Week. Try the Kindle edition and experience these great reading features: The Final Act was somewhat akin to the U.
Ciero populares I was pretty disturbed by the cciero of the book where dicero summing up Cicero’s life, and the Republic he had devoted himself to pr Cicero by Anthony Everitt is a good account of the man’s life in the sense that it is relatively short, entertaining, and modern in voice. Wildness and mayhem taking place amid all the cool apollonian rationality and abstract calculation. Odds are, you have heard of Cicero. I can only imagine how far an orator of his stature could go today, whether it be for good or evil.
Cicero’s political life forms the real backbone of this book Its fame goes back to antiquity. Not to get too far down on the guy — but the main draw here is definitely that Cicero was a reasonably good observer of an incredibly interesting period of history, cicreo an interesting albeit minor role, not that he was or even might have been one of the main protagonists.
All in all, this is a strong biography of an important but currently underappreciated Roman leader, author, and thinker. He wrote bad poetry, self-aggrandizing propaganda tracts, nitric speeches against enemies, defenses of the constitution and many affectionately witty letters to his brother Quintus and his old friend Atticus in Everift. Everitt did a good job e Cicero is a book concerning the downfall of the Roman republic and the hurly-burly of Roman politics.
Cicero : The Life and Times of Rome’s Greatest Politician
Losers frequently had their severed heads nailed to the Speaker’s Platform in the Forum, the very place where Cicero conducted his daily business. I suppose Everitt deals with this limitation as best as he can, but I still felt he was unable to put forth a strong case for Cicero as great statesman. As a result, it would take a strong biographer not to take Cicero’s life and turn it into a sort of synecdoche of the Republic, his own vacillation and weakness standing in for the ineffectiveness of a political institution on its last legs, contrasted with the magnetic, grasping dynamism of an Empire, personified by Caesar.
One wonders, once Republic became Empire, how the state managed to survive for so long. Through various underground sources Cicero learned by the late summer of 63 that Catiline was plotting a revolutionary uprising that was to involve burning the city down and — the real horror for Roman conservatives — cancelling all debts.
But there is a fair chance that he was driven to violence by a Consul spoiling for a fight and for his own glory.
Should he call on the Final Act or senatus consultum ultimuma fierce emergency powers provision, or try to buy Catilina off in some other way? There’s some truth in this litany of excuses, but Everitt seems to be trying to make the case that but for one or two unfortunate flaws of character, education, or position, Cicero might have been another Caesar or Augustus, at least an Antony.
As was customary, his head and severed hands were later nailed to the Speaker’s Platform and it is said that a vindictive noblewoman with a grudge named Pomponia pierced his dead tongue with hatpins. See and discover other items: If good government is rooted in history and history in biography, Cicero is the man of the hour.
The assassination of Cicero was among his plans. He had administrative skills of a very high order and was the preeminent orator of his age, if not of any age. In the end, his luck ran out, with the assassination of Julius Caesar, the flight of Brutus and Cassius, and the alliance between Mark Antony and the young Octavian later Augustus.
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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. I imagine that many people are like me, with little or no knowledge of these people and terms. With Cicero, it starts off with Robert Harris’s first book on the Cicero trilogy. His biographies are quick, easy, and summarize the subjects well. Add all three to Cart Add cixero three to List. Cicero himself, nor anyone else in that era, didn’t strike me as an amazing and upstanding individual, but I think that was due to the fact that they grew up in place and a time I can’t comprehend fully.