I enjoyed "Pompei" and I thought I would enjoy "Imperium", so I wasn't prepared for how boring this was. A few years ago I watched a TV drama of the Verres Trial, Cicero's great victory as a lawyer, and it was gripping stuff, but not so gripping in Harris' version which concentrates on the political manoeuvring outside the courtroom. Nevertheless, I was held by the narrative up to the end of the trial. After that, as Cicero works his way, by fateful compromise, to a consulship, I began to feel as if I'd was on a tedious date with a man intent on spending all evening telling me how he clawed his way up to become regional salesman of the year. I won't be reading volumes 2 and 3 of the trilogy.