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Imperium av Robert Harris
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Imperium (urspr publ 2006; utgåvan 2006)

av Robert Harris, Robert Harris (Författare), Wolfgang Müller (Übersetzer)

Serier: Krönikan om Rom (1)

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Of all the great figures of the Roman world, none was more fascinating or charismatic than Marcus Cicero, the greatest orator of all time, who at the age of twenty-seven was determined to attain imperium--supreme power in the state. At his side was the everpresent Tiro, the confidential secretary and slave, whose celebrated biography of his master was lost in the Dark Ages. Imperium is the re-creation of Tiro's vanished masterpiece, recounting in vivid detail the story of Cicero's extraordinary quest for glory.… (mer)
Medlem:Taavia
Titel:Imperium
Författare:Robert Harris
Andra författare:Robert Harris (Författare), Wolfgang Müller (Übersetzer)
Info:Heyne (2006), Gebundene Ausgabe, 500 pages
Samlingar:Ditt bibliotek
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Imperium av Robert Harris (2006)

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    Rubicon : den romerska republikens uppgång och fall av Tom Holland (YossarianXeno)
    YossarianXeno: Rubicon and Imperium are both exceptionally well-written and researched accounts, one non-fiction and the other fiction, of the politics of Rome covering much of the period.
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    The Accusers av Lindsey Davis (BookshelfMonstrosity)
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    Faderland av Robert Harris (HenriMoreaux)
    HenriMoreaux: Another great Robert Harris book
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    Julian av Gore Vidal (YossarianXeno)
    YossarianXeno: Both excellent fictional accounts of different periods of Roman history
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    Letters to Atticus av Marcus Tullius Cicero (Anonym användare)
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This is an historical novel that will give you a pretty good view of what it was like to live in the Roman Republic in 63 BC. Cicero tried to save the Republic as there were attempts to do away with democracy which led to the Empire. Cicero is presented as a great orator and a skilled politician.

The narrator is his trusted slave Tiro who eventually became a freeman and is possibly the creator of shorthand which in the novel he used to record Cicero's speeches as well as other Roman senators.

Not as gripping as other Harris novels I have read but that could also be the subject matter is not as interesting to me. It definitely contains a great deal of detail about life in Rome of the period. ( )
  lamour | Jun 16, 2021 |
An intensely interesting imaginative reconstruction of a lost life of Cicero by his secretary. Required an immense amount of reeearch: the details of Roman election and judicial procedures; a not very prosperous senator would have had 12 slaves in his household, etc. Cicero starts out as an honest if ambitious mana defender of the Roman Republic which is approaching its end: Julius Caesar appears as a man on the up-and-up. Politics requires Cicero to enter into strange alliances. Has he betrayed his own ideas or is this the inevitable compromises that politics requires to get anything done?
  jgoodwll | Jun 4, 2021 |
Pretty good. Well written, and reasonably consistent with what we know of the person and the time. ( )
  jercox | Jun 2, 2021 |
Well written tale of a time period I wasn't very familiar with. Describes the early history of Cicero through the voice of his scribe Tito. Lots of detail about the political machinations of that time period. The story was a heavy life at times, but I'm glad to have stuck with it. Next up is the story of Cicero's middle career in another book likely to be as informative as the first. ( )
  Pmaurer | Aug 28, 2020 |
The 1969/1970 comedy Up Pompeii starred British comedian Frankie Howerd as put upon slave Lurcio always ready and willing to spread a little gossip from his adopted Roman household. Now in no way am I trying to suggest or draw a comparison between Lurcio and Tiro (personal secretary to Tiro) but using a member of Cicero’s household to act as narrator we have a wonderful “fly on the wall” storyteller. Cicero was an excellent lawyer, orator, shrewd politician and through his own speeches and letters Robert Harris is able to construct a powerful unforgettable story of Rome at a time of great turmoil and change. By using the voice of Tiro, first a slave then a freeman of Cicero, he effectively invites us the reader to enjoy a private view of the Roman Republic.

The first part of Imperium shows Cicero develop his skills both as orator and advocate using his talents to expose the tyrannical reign of Gaius Verres, Roman magistrate, notorious for his misgovernment of Sicily extorting local farmers and plundering temples for his own personal gain….”Gaius Verres has robbed the treasury and behaved like a pirate and a destroying pestilence in his province of Sicily. You have only to find this man guilty and respect in you will be rightly restored”….His most heinous crime was the crucifixion of Publius Gavius accused of being a spy and sentenced to death….”and had Gavius stripped naked and publicly flogged before us all. Then he was tortured with hot irons. And then he was crucified”….Civis romanus sum were the only words uttered by Gabius as he slowly died.

The second half of the book is given over to Cicero’s bid to be elected one of Rome’s two governing consuls and by so doing achieved “Imperium” absolute power. It is wonderful to be party to and to understand just how difficult oppressive and cruel life could be for the ordinary populace of Rome in the latter days of the Republic. Wealth was king, wealth was the stepping stones of a life of influence, status and honour. We meet the great players of the day, Pompey and Crassus, efficient killing machines, at advancing the rule of Rome spreading citizenship for and wide. Success in battle resulted in wealth, (plundered) power and influence….”Crassus, said Pompey at once his old enemy was never far from his thoughts”….”Well I suppose if you are really worried said Cicero we could always specify that the supreme commander should be an ex consul whose name begins with a P”….

Imperium is the first of a trilogy about the life of Cicero, It is a brilliant piece of writing, taut, informative, alive with the sights and sounds of everyday Rome….”Rome is not a question of blood or religion: Rome is an ideal, Rome is the highest embodiment of liberty and law that mankind has yet achieved in the ten thousand years since our ancestors came down from those mountains and learned how to live as communities under the rule of law”…
Highly, highly recommended! ( )
  runner56 | Apr 7, 2020 |
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In his new novel, “Imperium,” the British author Robert Harris fictionalizes Cicero’s less-known early career as a young lawyer on the make. He paints an engrossing picture of the caldron of Roman politics and presents a Cicero for our own times, a man who is the lineal ancestor of the modern career politician.
 
The result is an experiment as bold as it is unexpected: a novel that draws so scrupulously on the Roman source material that it forgoes much of what are traditionally regarded as the prime features of the thriller. Although there is detective work, there is no detective; although there are twists and turns, there is rarely any artificial ratcheting up of suspense. Instead, Harris trusts to the rhythm of the republic's politics to generate his trademark readability, a rhythm that the Romans themselves enshrined in their literature as something relentlessly exciting: in short, a thriller. Genres ancient and modern have rarely been so skilfully synthesised.
 

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Of all the great figures of the Roman world, none was more fascinating or charismatic than Marcus Cicero, the greatest orator of all time, who at the age of twenty-seven was determined to attain imperium--supreme power in the state. At his side was the everpresent Tiro, the confidential secretary and slave, whose celebrated biography of his master was lost in the Dark Ages. Imperium is the re-creation of Tiro's vanished masterpiece, recounting in vivid detail the story of Cicero's extraordinary quest for glory.

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