Cicero the life and times

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cicero the life and times

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CICERO: The Life and Times of Rome's Greatest Politician

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The book is highly-readable and based on an abundance of historical sources, including over nine-hundred letters that Cicero wrote, mostly to his friend Atticus, along with a number of his surviving speeches. While Cicero has been known to much of history as an important scholar and intellectual, Everitt's presentation of Cicero focuses on his political life, not his scholarly work. However, Everitt brings out one theme that pervades both Cicero's career as a politician and as a writer and that is the preservation of the Roman Republican structure of government. As articulated in his book On the State, Cicero thought that the best government has a mixed constitution, that is, it combines the best features of monarchy, democracy and oligarchy. The Roman constitution had many complex checks and balances that evolved organically; Cicero thought they were defensible in part because they prevented any one person from gaining too much power. Throughout all of the political challenges in Cicero's life, his foremost aim was to preserve this constitution against the threat of revolution, especially from representatives of the people like Catalina and from autocracy, first against Pompey and Caesar and second against Antony and Octavian. Everitt also focuses less on Cicero's personal life, though historians know less about it.

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NATIONAL BESTSELLER • “An excellent introduction to a critical period in the history of Rome. Cicero comes across much as he must have lived: reflective.
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This is an excellent biography of the great Roman orator and lawyer Cicero. - Using Cicero's letters to his good friend Atticus, among other sources, Everitt recreates the fascinating world of political intrigue, sexual decadence and civil unrest of Republican Rome. Against this backdrop, he offers a lively chronicle of Cicero's life.

No single-volume biography of Marcus Tullius Cicero can take in the man and his thoughts as a whole, much less the story of his times for which he is easily our best eyewitness or of his huge influence in later antiquity and beyond. Born to country gentry in B. Soon came a convergence of crises, especially a threat to the established order by the patrician renegade Catiline. This smoothed the way for Cicero's election as one of the two consuls, or heads of state, for the year 63 B. Rome's snobbish oligarchy never let him forget it. Before year's end, Cicero precipitately -- and, strictly speaking, illegally -- had put to death some of Catiline's well-connected cronies without a trial; Catiline himself fell shortly afterward in battle. Cicero was convinced he had saved the free institutions of his republic.



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