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Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — Cicero by Anthony Everitt. He advised the legendary Pompey on his somewhat botched transition from military hero to politician. No man has loomed larger in the political history of mankind. In this dynamic and engaging biography, Anthony Everitt plunges us into the fascinating, scandal-ridden world of ancient Rome in its most glorious heyday.

Accessible to us through his legendary speeches but also through an unrivaled collection of unguarded letters to his close friend Atticus, Cicero comes to life in these pages as a witty and cunning political operator. He foiled the legendary Catiline conspiracy, advised Pompey, the victorious general who brought the Middle East under Roman rule, and fought to mobilize the Senate against Caesar.

Cicero was a legendary defender of freedom and a model, later, to French and American revolutionaries who saw themselves as following in his footsteps in their resistance to tyranny. This was a time before slander and libel laws, and the stories—about dubious pardons, campaign finance scandals, widespread corruption, buying and rigging votes, wife-swapping, and so on—make the Lewinsky affair and the U.

Cicero was a wily political operator. As a lawyer, he knew no equal. Boastful, often incapable of making up his mind, emotional enough to wander through the woods weeping when his beloved daughter died in childbirth, he emerges in these pages as intensely human, yet he was also the most eloquent and astute witness to the last days of Republican Rome. Paperbackpages.

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Aug 15, Kalliope rated it really liked it Shelves: A great deal of the curiosity awakened in my ignorance has been damped. But it has also been gratifying to compare views and strengthen notions.

Although an academic, Anthony Everitt knows how to represent drama. The opening of the book is certainly brilliant. He starts with an engrossing account of Julius Caesar assassination in which the attending Cicero is the only one who is innocent of the bloody plot and yet for whom, cicedo for what he represented, is the deed done.

“Cicero” by Anthony Everitt

This is the sort of opening everitg which one goes back to reread after finishing the book. He was someone who had to juggle between his ideas and his political role. And it was precisely this wavering which ciceto his life at risk several times. It was not always clear to his friends and foes, whether it was the theoretical expositions or the Realpolitik practice, which were enlightening or dangerous.

Cicero was essentially a conservative who firmly believed that by persuasion and negotiation the former and idyllic Republic could come back to Rome and a healthy democratic society could be reinstated. And yet, in his politics he more than once supported and sided with the autocrats whose aim was precisely to do away with the Republic and the traditional political structures. Following his life has provided me cicefo a useful framework in which to place his writings, and indeed the chapters cicer which Everitt ccicero these were for me more interesting than following the political intrigue.


From the earlier transcriptions of the political speeches that Cicero composed as a youngish and aspiring politician, he moved at a somewhat later stage to more meditative musings on a balanced life, duty, and friendship, bequeathing to posterity his accumulated wisdom. I wonder whether he will succeed in this ambitious aim, but he certainly has awakened my interest in this author. Through his pen Cicero emerges as a likeable and closer figure from whom we have a great deal to learn today, and who should stay out of the Olympus of Forgotten Figures and of the Myth of the Ciceero Classics.

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A decent, readable biography of Cicero that effectively situates his character within the framework of the turbulent times in which he lived. While not uncritically positive, Everitt clearly considers Cicero’s actions as a changeable, deliberate response to political necessity, using the preface to set up the book as ‘an exercise in rehabilitation’ [x].

It’s not entirely convincing, there’s a significant amount of faffing about, second-guessing, and attention seeking throughout Cicero’s career, A decent, readable biography eveditt Cicero that effectively situates his character within the framework of the turbulent times in which he lived. It’s not entirely convincing, there’s a significant amount of faffing about, second-guessing, and attention seeking throughout Cicero’s career, with energy and clear direction only seeming to arrive in cicerk wrangling with Antony, highlighted by the Philippics.

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. That he had ‘clear aims’ which he ‘very nearly realised’ [x] seems a stretch. Nevertheless, Cicero’s skills an orator and writer are obvious, the volume of extant sources attest to that.

If it sometimes seems that his usefulness might be more as a chronicler of the time than a politician, well, just don’t say it in front of Everitt While there’s nothing new or challenging here, and despite his book coming across as a bit of an apologia, Everitt provides an engaging story for a general readership.

For those wanting more, there’s a selection of sources at the back of the book, and of course, there’s Cicero’s own works there ciceroo the reading. View all 5 comments. Jan 13, Darwin8u rated it really liked it Shelves: Everitt is clearly passionate and good at classical narratives.

His biographies are quick, easy, and summarize the subjects well. He doesn’t add cicfro new everith the history. He isn’t challenging or overthrowing assumptions about Cicero or the other major players, but he weaves a nice story and makes classical history approachable. Everitt does a fine job of balancing the different aspects of Cicero. 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.

Everitt blends in Cicero’s weaknesses: The weakness of this biography is while Everitt might be aiming at a form of historical rehabilitation, I’m not sure Cicero was ever really in need of rehabilitation. While he was often unlucky during his life unlike Julius Caesar the birds never seemed to be on Cicero’s side after his ‘good death’ Cicero seems to have flourished. Cicero will always be known more now for what he wrote and thought than for what he did.


Caesar may have been deified by decree of the Roman Senate on 1 January 42 BC, but Cicero’s own writings have made him immortal. As Emperor Augustus observed to one of his grandsons upon seeing him reading a book by Cicero: View all 17 comments. Mar 24, Riku Sayuj rated it liked it Shelves: Now I badly need to read a comparative analysis of Caesar and Cicero – there is something amazing there.

View all 6 comments. Feb 13, Matt rated it really liked it Shelves: Eveeritt 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. Everirt Everitt does better than anything else is illuminate the earthy, visceral mayhem that was Rome. Ceasar, Crassus, Pompey, Octavian, Brutus. He makes everything come alive in a way that has gotten me hankering to tackle anything else that’s going to give me the same primal, political fury and grandeur I got from these pages.

How advanced they were- culurally, economically, politically, artistically. Wildness and mayhem taking place amid all the cool apollonian rationality and abstract calculation.

Everitt does a splendid job of bringing this to life. Ironically, Cicero seems almost bland and tepid when contrasted with this vibrant and pulsating canvas. It says his next book will be about Augustus.

I seriously cannot wait! Oct 21, Sara rated it really liked it. As a Classicist, I’ve always had a soft spot for old Cicero. He was the first author I read in the Latin language and my fondness for him continues to this day. That being said, Cicero the man certainly had his flaws, which Everitt exposes well in this book. Cicero’s one true desire was to be loved and accepted by the Senate. His inability to crack into the ultimate old boys’ club, despite his talents, led to unfortunate grasping and timidity at the core of his character.

Despite constantly aimin As a Classicist, I’ve always had a soft spot for old Cicero. Despite constantly aiming for greatness, he too often equivocated or went too far in his policies, tone deaf with self-doubt. That being said, he was committed to the Roman constitution and constantly worked for reconciliation between the factions that ultimately destroyed the Republic with their quarrels.

Everitt shows us the deeply-rooted conflicts and flaws that composed Cicero’s character.

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With Cicero as his frame of reference, the events of the First Triumvirate and the Civil Wars appear less dashing than, say, Caesar would have you believe. Very interesting eceritt, though not for everyone. Sep 14, Mike rated it liked it. The fundamental difficulty of writing a life of Cicero is that he’s not the most interesting person in the story by a long shot. The trouble is that he has to share the stage with Caesar, who’s bold, sexy — every man’s woman and every woman’s man — far-sighted enough to understand that the ship of the Republic had well and truly sunk, loyal to friends and merciful to enemies — at least so long as they were potentially useful — in short, one of the great men of history.

Cicero, by way evreitt cont The fundamental difficulty of writing a life of Cicero is that he’s not the most eveeritt person in the story by a long shot.