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Free read Imperium ↠ E-book, or Kindle E-pub Þ ❮EPUB❯ ✼ Imperium Author Robert Harris – Antiikin Rooma Taistelu vallasta Romaanisarja Euroopan syntyvaiheista alkaa vangitsevalla muotokuvalla Cicerosta Kunnianhimoinen nuori lainoppinut Cicero tahtoo vallan huipulle Rooman konsuliksi Cicer AntiArauksinCicero opettelee eroon änkytyksestään ja harjoittaa väsymättä puhetekniikkaansa Hän on päättänyt raivata tiensä vallan ytimeen – aseenaan sanatCover Image Artist Kansi Honi Werner. Well I just finished listening to Imperium by Robert Harris Once Harris delves into the inner workings of the Roman Empire only this time he retreats back to the Republican era and creates a fictional biography of Marcus Tullius Cicero as seen through the eyes of his slave secreatary TiroSince I was originally seduced into my passion for learning about the Roman Empire by Colleen McCullough and her Masters of Rome series of novels I naturally began this investigation of the life of Cicero with misgivings since Cicero is less than heroic in McCullough's books that tend to present Julius Caesar as the admirable characterHarris does not really change that perception of Cicero so much as provide the context for his opposition to Caesar and his fated alliance with the optimates the group of aristocrats who formed the core of the faction that opposed Caesar in the senate and eventually the civil warHowever despite the fact that Cicero was not a sympathetic protagonist I came to admire his tenacity in the face of social discrimination His efforts to joust legally and politically within a system heavily weighted in favor of the wealthy and powerful were eually commendableAs a new man Cicero could not rely on a long established patrician heritage to ease his climb up the coursus honorum to the seat of consul the ultimate imperium or symbol of authority in the empire He was also not militarily inclined so he did not seek the traditional path to political power through conuest either Instead he chooses to rely on his keen perception of political strategy and oratory skill to fight his way to the top through the law courts and Roman courts were as rife with personal danger both literally and politically as they were with bribery The obstacles Cicero faced extended to his personal life as wellMarried to an aristocratic wife Terentia Varrones Cicero often walked a thin line with his efforts to thwart the designs of rich governors who plundered provinces or attempted to bribe their way into office or out of trouble She often berated him for alienating her own social classTerentia maintained control of a huge dowry that was probably the primary reason Cicero married her But Cicero had to reuest a loan from her through her business manager as if she was just another moneylender in the forum At one point he had to present his entire legal defense to her to convince her she would get her money's worth In fact Cicero's wife was so hard nosed and autocratic I was surprised when half way through the book she has a thirtieth birthday I thought from her forceful behavior she must have been much olderThe confrontations in the courtroom the senate and the frenzied voting pens of the Campus Martius provide as much tension as a Roman battlefield and Harris does a masterful job of peopling these scenes with memorable characters He does not shy away from presenting Cicero's warts eitherCicero takes calculated risks to obtain his objectives but he is also a pragmatist and like most politicians must form and break alliances as opportunities present themselves Although he prosecutes a corrupt governor early in his career to gain stature as Rome's preeminent advocate Cicero later defends a corrupt governor to regain the favor of the moneyed classes as his year to run for consul approachesI was unaware of how deep seated an enemy Crassus was to Cicero at least as presented by Harris In fact Crassus was presented with a vicious edge dangerous than simply a wealthy wannabeI also found it ironic that Pompey had little affection for Cicero either even though both were new men Cicero aspired to become consul but he seemed satisfied with the overall structure of the Roman Republic He was appalled when Pompey pressured him to support Pompey's own attempt at wresting control of the empire from the aristocrats of the senate years before the civil war with Caesar with his campaign for the award of sweeping powers to eliminate an upsurge in pirate activity It must have seemed hipocritical to Cicero later when Pompey and the optimates opposed Julius Caesar on the grounds that he was attempting to take sole control of the empire although the book ended with Cicero's election to consulAnother surprise was the villainous portrayal of Catalina as a violent brute of a man who had openly murdered people who stood in his way I had kind of come to admire Catalina as the misunderstood sometimes rascal presented in Steven Saylor's Gordianus the Finder mystery Catalina's Riddle Now I'm going to have to do research of original sources to come to my own conclusion about this historical enigmaI had also always assumed that the aristocrats opposition to Caesar's proposed land reforms was based on greed In Imperium however Harris makes a plausible case for the aristocrats' fear of absolute power that Caesar would gain through the patron client relationships that would result from land redistributionHarris presents an absorbing study of politics and the culture of power in the late Roman Republic and I find Imperium to be a worthy successor to Harris' Pompeii

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Antiikin Rooma Taistelu vallasta Romaanisarja Euroopan syntyvaiheista alkaa vangitsevalla muotokuvalla Cicerosta Kunnianhimoinen nuori lainoppinut Cicero tahtoo vallan huipulle Rooman konsuliksi Cicer. 30 stars This book did exactly what I expected it to do It was a both a solid enjoyable read and at the same time an unremarkable story that will be forgotten as uickly as my self respect inhibitions on Teuila To put it in the shell's nut this was good entertainment but likely won't earn a hallowed place among your list of favorites I did appreciate that this book lent itself extremely well to audio because the story is VERY easy to follow and the narrative is not jammed with dense exposition that would reuire careful reading Thus I was able to listen and stay engaged in the story while organizing my library on goodreads and keeping tabs on the basketball and hockey games on TV with the volume on mute Plus as a bonus with my headphones in my hands were free to hold my beerit was your classic win win though somebody should flog me for using that expression This is the first book in a trilogy set in ancient Rome during the time of the First Triumvirate ie Julius Caesar Pompey and Crassus By the way I could have just said ancient Rome but Triumvirate is such a tasty word that I thought it needed some air time Anyway the story is a fictional biography centering on the legendary orator Cicero as told by his private secretary Tiro Tiro we are told invented the concept of shorthand which provides a credible basis for him to be able to transcribe everything that he sees and hears as he follows Cicero around I found this to be a pretty effective plot device for showing the supposed accuracy of the narrative In this first book we meet a young Cicero at the beginning of his career Cicero is a junior Senator in the Roman Senate who has already garnered somewhat of a reputation as a brilliant speaker As a result he is sought out by a Sicilian merchant who has been robbed libeled and threatened with death by the corrupt Roman governor of Sicily named Verres After much begging cajoling and persuading the merchant eventually secures Cicero’s agreement to represent him in prosecuting the powerful governor From that fateful decision we follow Cicero as he makes allies and enemies and skillfully maneuvers his way through the uagmire giggity giggity of Roman politics and with each success gains stature and prominence within the Roman hierarchy I thought the descriptions of Rome and the background of Roman life while expectedly sparse were still interesting and kept my attention The book is certainly not a mechanism for one to obtain a detailed historical account of life in ancient Rome but since I didn't expect it to be I was not disappointed There was enough detail to place the narrative and provide general background for the story which is all the story called for Overall a good solid read If you are a fan of historical fiction this is book that I think you will enjoy If you are a scholar of ancient Rome and looking for insight and exposition on the details of ancient Rome this is not where you will find them For me I found it a light pleasant story and was never bored I also found the characters and the narrative compelling enough that I will likely continue on with the series to see what happens next Hope this helps

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ImperiumO ei kuitenkaan ole sotilas ei aristokraatti eikä karismaattinen naistenmies Hänellä ei ole vaikutusvaltaa eikä omaisuuksia ja hänenlaiseensa nousukkaaseen suhtaudutaan poliittisissa piireissä v. At school history was always my favourite subject It didn’t so much feel that I was being taught something rather that I was being told stories – often interesting stories too And as a legacy of those days I’ve retained an interest in events that formed the world in which we live I read a reasonable amount of non fiction to fill the gaping holes in my knowledge but once in a while I like to pick up a book by someone like Robert Harris who is able to mix history with a little imagination This manages to remove any hint of the dryness you can sometimes get from lists of facts interspersed with the erudite views of whichever learned historian’s book you happen to have picked up No Harris and his like fill the gaps with what they imagined was done and said by the real life protagonists and weave this into a proper storyHere I was introduced to Marcus Tullius Cicero a Roman politician and lawyer The events covered in this book book one of three cover the years 79 64 BC At this point Rome was a republic and Cicero’s declared life goal was to reach the highest elected political office that of Consul There’s a good deal of skulduggery and a fair sprinkling of the violent acts that were ‘enjoyed’ by Romans at that time but there’s also courtroom drama and political intrigue It’s a rich mix indeed The tale comprises the recollections of a first person narrator Tiro was a slave and acted as secretary to Cicero He’d invented a version of shorthand and thus was able to document verbatim words spoken by his master and others he came into contact with In effect the author has mixed known historical events with fragments of real speeches and extracts from letters to weave a compelling account of this time It’s gripping stuff and to me it felt like a mix of a Grisham courtroom drama combined with the political double dealing of an episode of House of Cards I love this way of taking in historical events and Harris just does it so well I can’t wait to get my hands on book two