Lustrum

Lustrum

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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
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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

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Eosos
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.)

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dinkthecat
Jan 29, 2014

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

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soleilbleu56
Jan 08, 2014

The description of the book is wrong.

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AfrikanCanadian
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.

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mexicanadiense
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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