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4.0 out of 5 stars A good place to start, 13 Nov 2008
This review is from: Cicero: The Life and Times of Rome's Greatest Politician (Paperback)
This biography is excellently written and entertaining. It assumes no prior knowledge of the Roman Republic and explains the politics of the time wonderfully. Through it we see Cicero, our fatally flawed genius. A great philosopher and orator, who though extolled the republic was ultimately the one who betrayed it. In an age where military might counted for most, it was unusual that a man of only letters gained such prominence. Much of Cicero's writings survive today and it is a shame Everritt didn't use more of them in telling his story. Instead we often find clumsy paraphrasing which detracts somewhat from this otherwise excellent work.
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