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"Anthony Everitt is a brilliant guide to the intricacies of Roman politics… Everitt has written a book which is unobtrusively crammed with fascinating information about Roman life and customs, splendidly clear and coherent in its narrative and altogether convincing in its portraiture." -Sunday Independent (Dublin)
"We know more about Cicero than about almost any other figure of antiquity. 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. Anthony Everitt has done just that, sympathetically and very well. This is an engrossing book, written lucidly for the general reader, and one that only a foolish expert would disdain." -Allan Massie, Literary Review
"Of all the arts, that of politics has advanced least since the days of Greece and Rome. This week's new biography of Rome's most famous politician by Anthony Everitt tries to answer the question, why?…Cicero mastered the essence of politics. He preached the difference between authority and power. He was an orator who wrote poetry, a politician who read history, ruthless yet able to articulate the demands of clemency, democracy and the rights of free men under law…If good government is rooted in history and history in biography, Cicero is the man of the hour." -Simon Jenkins, The Times
"In the course of Cicero's long life, he made several powerful enemies, often through his own witty put-downs, and he was accused of everything from cowardice and self-importance to histrionics, homosexuality, and incest. But the great majority of his contemporaries - and of course posterity itself - were much kinder to Cicero, and this engrossing new biography by 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. He has a sophisticated conception of character, too, including a willingness - so crucial in biographers - to embrace contradictions."-Independent on Sunday
"Mr. Everitt introduces the man graciously to a new generation, and will endear him anew to all those who never grasped the sense, let alone the beauty, of that multi-clausal prose." -The Economist
"Everitt is an attentive biographer who continuously rehearses and refines his account of the motives of his subject…His achievement is to have replaced the austere classroom effigy with an altogether rounder, more awkward and human person." -Financial Times
From the Hardcover edition.
|Ch. I||There is no "Modern" World||3|
|Ch. II||Churchill's River War||17|
|Ch. III||Livy's Punic War||28|
|Ch. IV||Sun-Tzu and Thucydides||38|
|Ch. V||Machiavellian Virtue||52|
|Ch. VI||Fate and Intervention||65|
|Ch. VII||The Great Disturbers: Hobbes and Malthus||78|
|Ch. VIII||The Holocaust, Realism, and Kant||96|
|Ch. IX||The World of Achilles: Ancient Soldiers, Modern Warriors||116|
|Ch. X||Warring States China and Global Governance||134|
Posted January 24, 2003
An excellent book on not just Cicero, but on the era during which he lived (100-43BC). The cast of characters include Cicero, Julius Caesar, Pompey, Mark Antony, Cleopatra and Octovian (later Augustus). A good relatively fast read, and recommended for anyone interested in Roman history.
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Posted September 22, 2012
Everitt gives a broad account of the characters in play in ancient Rome at the end of the Republic. Cicero's involvement is displayed in conjunction with Julius Ceasar and the historical characters of the time, and tells of Cicero's emotional conflicts as he strives for the survival of the glory of the Republic and the political and personal pains he endures as the most influencial, none military leader of the times.
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Posted March 24, 2003
In his Cicero, Anthony Everitt is very good at popularizing the lawyer, statesman, public servant and philosopher of outstanding abilities to the chagrin of some specialists of Roman history. Everitt regularly quotes Cicero¿s correspondence to his friend Atticus and other works to give more relief to his troublesome hero without boring his audience. Cicero¿s writ, writing and oratory skills and boastfulness made him many enemies by defending his clients in the Forum and by serving the Republic against the repetitive assaults of tyrants like Caesar, Catalina and Clodius. Until his assassination in his sixties, Cicero made several successful comebacks from total irrelevance. Unlike men like Caesar and Octavian, Cicero sincerely believed almost to the end of his life that the Republic could be saved without reforming it thoroughly within the limits of the Constitution. To his credit, Cicero was not only a brilliant orator and political operator, but also a man of letters. Cicero¿s speeches and philosophical writings have gained him a deserved place in the Pantheon of human civilization. Persecuted people around the world can still find in Cicero a source of inspiration to oppose tyrannical forces, which are doomed to be overthrown sooner or later.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted March 28, 2003
i dont even like kevin smith movies and on the road is the stupidist cartoon ever. why do book sellers sell stupid books and movie tickets. viva la revolucion!
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Posted May 13, 2012
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