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Just wish he had paid ole Cicero the respect he deserved there at the end. I suppose if I’m inclined at a later date to revisit Cicero, Clcero pick an earlier biography and compare the tone.
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Overall, this was quite engaging, a readable and informative but not dull biography. He wrote bad poetry, self-aggrandizing propaganda tracts, nitric speeches against enemies, defenses of the constitution and many affectionately witty letters to his brother Quintus and his old friend Atticus in Athens. The funny thing is, I was glad enough to have been exposed to Cicero through Everitt’s fine prose and superb scholarship but I don’t care a bit to read more about the man.
In the end, he wound up on the wrong side of Marc Antony and was killed. I’m not sure if this book fully owns its four stars, but whevsies I’m sure Cicero would appreciate that genius turn of phrase.
Cicero: The Life and Times of Rome’s Greatest Politician
This might seem strange praise for a man so adept at the ad hominem attack; but Cicero’s attacks were more often than not motivated by a serious moral concern: They were writing under emperors, after all. The colossal portrait head of Pompey the Great, carried in his triumphal procession through Rome in 61 BC, would in time be taken as an omen of his death: Guess what I was civero for was a very detail oriented book about the Roman Republic during Cicero’s time, and as Anthony Everitt explained in the beginning of the book, this was just an introduction to who Cicero was and the place he grew up in.
Refresh and try cidero.
As an explicator, Everitt is admirably informative and free from breathlessness. What exactly does martial law, a prevention of terrorism act or — in Roman terms — a Final Decree of the Senate allow the state authorities to do? Interestingly, the two sides also espoused opposing schools of rhetoric.
Cicero’s political life forms the real backbone of this book Open Preview See a Problem? His death was a popular subject for Roman schoolboys practising the art of speaking, as well as for celebrity orators in after-dinner performances. Everitt builds his biography on an impressive set of first-hand letters, giving an intimate portrait of Cicero’s take on politics, relationships, and philosophy. Everitt introduces the man graciously to a new generation, and will endear him anew to all those who never grasped the sense, let alone ciceero beauty, of that multi-clausal prose.
Repeatedly, we’re told that Cicero was making the best of a bad situation, or not in a position to make strong decisions, or just lacked the capacity for large-scale leadership. Shopbop Designer Fashion Brands. I like the cifero he capitalizes titles.
“Cicero” by Anthony Everitt
The book is filled with bon mots and witty put downs. And, we might add, their ability to run a complex, multiethnic world society with consummate skill. I always enjoy reading history books that are written in an assessable manner.
His skill as an orator, his hits and misses as a politician, his defense of the Republic, his rationality all get their time and moment. He’s very much a man of words rather than action, successful in small bursts that often seem more luck than judgement, and very susceptible to the currents surrounding more powerful men.
Eventually the assassins caught up with him in his litter en route for the coast, slit his throat and packed off his head and hands to Antony and his wife Fulvia, as proof that the deed had been done.
But there is a fair chance that he was driven to violence by a Consul spoiling for a fight and for his own glory. It is regrettable but understandable since Everitt had an Augustus bio in the works at the time. This singular fact about Cicero should erase any doubt about the superlative ability as a lawyer, a politician, and a scholar that enabled Cicero to do what very few Romans ever did — advance above his class by ability alone.
Boastful, often incapable of making up his mind, emotional enough to wander through the woods weeping when his everltt daughter died in childbirth, he emerges in these pages as intensely human, yet he was dicero the most eloquent and astute witness to the last eveditt of Republican Rome.
Everitt has an interesting writing style. My quibble I always enjoy reading history books that are written in an assessable manner. My quibble is that I wonder how much liberty Everitt took inferring the thoughts of a person who lived in a radically different time and place.
Mary Beard reviews ‘Cicero’ by Anthony Everitt · LRB 23 August
He is well researched and all his sources are listed in the back and identified line by line, but I prefer cicego because they are easier to use. In the Latin, Cicero built his argument not only with the force of his words but also in the way that he arranged the words on the page. We know so much about him, thanks to the happy chance which has seen so much of his correspondence preserved, that it is possible to write the sort of biography eeveritt Cicero that one might write about someone from, say, the nineteenth century.
Thus, Cicero’s advice and eveirtt, though valued by many, were bypassed by most. His achievement is to have replaced the austere classroom effigy with an altogether rounder, more awkward and human person. Cicero’s life he was born in B.