Everitt certainly has a way of making each and every one of them sound like they could be currently serving in Congress; as if he were writing a modern piece of long form journalism on the Speaker of the House.
Cicero: The Life and Times of Rome's Greatest Politician by Anthony Everitt
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Everitt has great source material which he uses to his advantage: Cicero, like most politicians was a relentless self-promoter, and also a prolific writer. Most of what Cicero wrote was published in his lifetime or just afterwards; and has basically been in print ever since. (Everitt should light a candle of thanks and gratitude to all those nameless medieval monks.) He is able to weave this source material into nonfiction that is both informative and interesting. Of course, this group of men (and, even what little we know of them, women – such as Cleopatra or the fighting Fulvia) have come down through the annals of history as one of the most fascinating groups of political cutthroats in the history of the entire world. Everitt takes a 2,100 year old political saga and makes it seem quite modern. Caesar and Cicero could almost be in the halls of the United States Congress.
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