A Turbulent Life

Book - 2001
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"This is the biography of a brilliant orator and writer, and a politician who twice held the reins of power." "Cicero's speeches and ideas have influenced European civilized values for two thousand years. Personally, he is accessible to us in his hundreds of letters, many of them to his dear friend Atticus. We can follow his busy life as a lawyer and politician, and the historic events in which he took part, from day to day (sometimes from hour to hour) as he nervously prepares a speech to deliver in the Forum or to the Senate, detects the supposedly incorruptible Brutus in a financial scam, puts a stop to a sexual escapade of the young Mark Antony, steadies Rome at a moment of acute vulnerability following Julius Caesar's assassination, vainly tries to prevent civil war ... or at more private moments, as he entertains dinner parties with his wit or irons out a problem with his wayward nephew." "In this account of Cicero's career, from his provincial origins to his tragic end, as the Republican cause he revered crashed round his ears, Anthony Everitt makes full use of Cicero's own words and those of his contemporaries."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved
Publisher: London : John Murray, 2001.
ISBN: 9780719554919
Branch Call Number: 937.05092 Cicer -E 1
Characteristics: xvii, 346 pages : illustrations, maps.


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Dec 22, 2010

Easy to read, covers main events of his life at quite fast pace. Gives background to events. Could be read by someone who didn't know anything about the subject.

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