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Rome, 63 BC. In a city on the brink of acquiring a vast empire, seven men are struggling for power. Cicero is consul, Caesar his ruthless young rival, Pompey the republic's greatest general, Crassus its richest man, Cato a political fanatic, Catilina a psychopath, Clodius an ambitious playboy.

The stories of these real historical figures - their alliances and betrayals, their cruelties and seductions, their brilliance and their crimes - are all interleaved to form this epic novel. Its narrator is Tiro, a slave who serves as confidential secretary to the wily, humane, complex Cicero. He knows all his master's secrets - a dangerous position to be in.

From the discovery of a child's mutilated body, through judicial execution and a scandalous trial, to the brutal unleashing of the Roman mob, Lustrum is a study in the timeless enticements and horrors of power.

Publisher: London [England] :, Hutchinson
Copyright Date: ©2009
ISBN: 9781409021315
Characteristics: text file,rda
1 online resource
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc. - Distributor

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I loved the re-telling of a story I had to learn in high school. The more things change the more they stay the same. The political intrigue is often much like what goes on today. Well done Harris

Aug 17, 2014

Thoroughly enjoyable sequel about Cicero. The author has a great way of bringing the politics to life without dragging the reader down into too many details. (Though I admittedly find even the details of Roman politics very interesting.)

Jan 29, 2014

Lustrum and Conspirata seem to be the same novel under different titles.

Jan 08, 2014

The description of the book is wrong.

Apr 18, 2012

This book is best-suited for those who already like Roman history, though I think it is well-written enough to be enjoyed by most people.

May 06, 2011

A good read, probably best appreciated by those who are already aficionados of Roman history. The preceding book, "Imperium", should be read prior to this one for best enjoyment. I also recommend reading Colleen McCullough's "Caesar's Women" which deals with the same time period and events but from a remarkably different perspective.

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