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on 16 August 2011
This is an excellent book about Cicero and his contemporaries (Pompey, Cato, Julius Caesar, et al). If all you know about the Roman Empire comes from Robert Graves or Robert Harris this book tells the real story. And it's a story that has everything: sex, violence, plots, betrayal, war, politics, romance, mystery, humour ... it's really exciting stuff!

Dr Tempest strikes just the right balance between academic sobriety and getting on with the action, so this is an ideal introduction to the life and times of some of those who lived in a crucial period in the history of the Roman Empire.

Strongly recommended, a fascinating read.
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on 16 June 2014
I enjoyed this book. The author proceeded to tell a fine tale of a man and his milieu. Given the complexity of Cicero's many stances and the power-players who operated in the Rome of that time both his triumphs and failures echo down through the ages. Overall an excellent read.
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on 14 February 2011
Having read Robert Harris' Lustrum and Imperium, I really wanted to know more about Cicero. Kathryn Tempest has managed to produce a beautifully researched yet very readable account of this amazing orator. Highly recommended.
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on 19 March 2013
Often academic books such as this one are stayed, poorly written and frankly a nightmare to read. You feel you have to drag yourself through each sentence, you question your existence on every page and eventually get kicked out of university because you haven't read any book prescribed for your course.

So as you can imagine I came to this book with foreboding, I prepared myself for disappointment, and was presently surprised. This is a wonderful book, the author keeps it light while still retaining an academic sincerity. The contents takes you through the whole of Cicero's life, with references to his speeches and political activity, a great book.
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on 8 March 2011
This is an excellent account of Cicero, his life and the extraordinary impact he had on Ancient Rome and its politics. Even after 2000 years, Cicero is still counted among the world's most influential orators, philosophers and politicians.

It is a very enjoyable read that will simultaneously appeal to the novice, anyone with an interest in politics, or someone looking for more detailed information on Cicero and his life. I highly recommend it!
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on 6 January 2014
A hugely talented orator, philosopher, lawyer, writer and politician Cicero lived during arguably the most explosive and interesting period of Rome's turbulent history as it transited chaotically from Republic to Empire.

What awaits us within these pages is, frankly, an extraordinary account of this fascinating and multi-talented Roman legend whose life story has been brilliantly captured and portrayed by the author.

Kathryn Tempest has such a uniquely engaging, free-flowing and sensitive writing style that by the end of the book you can't help but feel totally charmed and captivated by Cicero's life.

A profound believer in the Roman Republic, Cicero was perhaps its greatest ever advocate and stalwart. His life was set against the backdrop of Rome's increasingly rapid domination of geographical regions both near and afar.

As the book develops it becomes clear that Cicero's hopes for his nation and its system of government far exceed that which it is able to offer in return.

Should you have an interest in ancient Rome and it's history, I thoroughly recommend this one as a treasured reference to be returned to time and again.
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on 27 December 2012
I don't know if this book adds much to what is already known of Cicero - I can't think of anything I actually learned from it.

But that doesn't mean it isn't a welcome addition to the bibliography: Cicero's life and career are treated along clear lines in accessible language and bite-sized chunks, perfectly suitable for sixth form students.

Anyone studying (or teaching) the AQA AS course on the Life and Times of Cicero will benefit from an acquaintance with this book.
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on 30 November 2013
A hugely talented orator, philosopher, lawyer, writer and politician Cicero lived during arguably the most explosive and interesting period of Rome's turbulent history as it transited chaotically from Republic to Empire.

What awaits us within these pages is, frankly, an extraordinary account of this fascinating and multi-talented Roman legend whose life story has been brilliantly captured and portrayed by the author.

Kathryn Tempest has such a uniquely engaging, free-flowing and sensitive writing style that by the end of the book you can't help but feel totally charmed and captivated by Cicero's life.

A profound believer in the Roman Republic, Cicero was perhaps its greatest ever advocate and stalwart. His life was set against the backdrop of Rome's increasingly rapid domination of geographical regions both near and afar.

As the book develops it becomes clear that Cicero's hopes for his nation and its system of government far exceed that which it is able to offer in return.

Should you be considering a Christmas stocking-filler for a loved one or friend who has an interest in ancient Rome and it's history, I thoroughly recommend this one as a treasured reference to be returned to time and again.
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on 2 September 2015
Extremely accessible writing on the world's greatest ever orator . A gem when a scholar can speak like this to a mass readership.
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on 2 October 2014
a good introduction to the man and his times
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