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My guess is that the factual basis of the story is pretty accurate, but if you know anything about it
on 25 October 2017
I hesitate between three and four stars. This is a relatively painless way of catching up on the history of ancient Rome at the time of the transition from republic to empire. My guess is that the factual basis of the story is pretty accurate, but if you know anything about it, you shouldn't expect new insights into history. This is the first of three books cast in the form of a three-part biography of Cicero, and he seems to have been a fascinating character, and was certainly a great writer and thinker as well as politician who played a key role. The book is written like a middle-brow thriller. Harris knows how to keep up the narrative tension, but he has no pretensions to style, and there are no surprising thoughts or ideas.