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La Columna de Hierro

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The spirit of ancient Rome in its last days of glory. The hero of the story, the man called "a pillar of iron" is Marcus Tullius Cicero, the lawyer-statesman who tried vainly to save the republic he loved from the forces of tyranny. Out of the pages of Roman history step men & women whose lives have never been equalled for sheer drama.
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Published April 1st 2006 by Oceano (first published 1965)
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Sep 23, 2011 Laura rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Laura by: all Taylor Caldwell fans
This book is about the story of Marcus Tullius Cicero the famous Roman lawyer, philosopher and statesman. Several historical characters are described the extent to which Cicero's life is described by the author. Jullius Caesar his childhood friend to whom Cicero always cheered despite some wrong political attitudes according to his point of view; Catilina his eternal enemy; Noe ben Joel a Jewish, a dearest friend and an intellectual who tried to convert Cicero to believe in the coming Messiah.

Oct 22, 2008 Zinger rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2008
I don't really like historical novels, because so many false things are added with the truth to make the story interesting and fill in the gaps. It becomes a chore to filter out what is real and fake.

While reading this book, I have been reading others on Cicero and many websites, and believe this book was pretty accurate (with plenty of fill in the gap information that was made up).

Caldwell did a great job of explaining the principles Cicero fought for (like a republic and not a democracy or dic
Daniel Castellanos
Mar 04, 2012 Daniel Castellanos rated it it was amazing
This is one of the greatest books I've read.
I was planning to rate it with 4 stars but at the end I was touched and decided to give it five stars.
The story is about Marcus Tullius Cicero, a roman orator and politic.
The pace is somewhat slow and repetitive. I can¿t recall a single chapter that didn't highlight the perversion of men and the debate of ideas: I s the man evil by nature or does he pursuits being virtuous?
Even though it is a great read, Caldwell does an excellent job at showing us Rom
"A Pillar of Iron" is a historical novel about Marcus Tullius Cicero, the great Roman orator and consul during the tumultuous last few decades of the Roman Republic. Let me open this review by noting that this novel, like all of Taylor Caldwell's historical novels, is not slavish to the facts. Caldwell takes lots of liberties in her telling of the tale, which is fine since this is a historical novel and not a biography. Caldwell does not deal with the complexities of Cicero, including his own hy ...more
Oct 05, 2011 Donna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this back in the 60's when it came out. I loved it then and I love it now. The only reason I did not give it 5 stars is because I think some of the "history" was wishful thinking on Caldwell's part. Particularly the spiritual views he (Cicero) learns and later shares with his tutor. But other than that I trust her version of the story. And I believe you can draw strong parallels from the book to today's most powerful republic, the USA. However, today we don't seem to have any statesman wi ...more
Allen Roth
Dec 13, 2014 Allen Roth rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, history
A memorable fictional account of Rome's Cicero and the fall of the Roman Republic. Familiar historical figures like Julius Caesar frequent these pages as Caldwell masterly tells the story of the great Cicero as she relates the political machinations that impacted his meaningful life. Caldwell's intense research into the primary sources are evident on most every page and her skill as a writer makes it exciting reading. I heartily recommend this novel for several reasons. The most important being ...more
Dec 11, 2008 Maria rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I learned a lot from this book about the Roman Empire; the conspiracies and power-seeking individuals that led to its fall. Marcus Tullius Cicero, Julius Casear, Cleopatra, and Casear Augustus (Octavius) are a few of the characters in this book. Strong plots and storyline throughout although drags slightly towards the end. A very good read overall.
Mar 13, 2014 Molly rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I absolutely loved this book. I normally don't like historical novels, but this was recommended to me by a friend. It was truly a work of art, well written by the author and well researched. She does a great job bringing Cicero to life with all his greatness and flaws. Would highly recommend this book to anyone and can't wait to read more Taylor Caldwell.
Monserrat Maxfield Markov
Un muy buen libro, pero no es la clase de libros que yo leo, es por eso que no me gusto mucho.
Este libro es perfecto para las personas que len para saber.
Le pongo 4 porque es un buen libro, el que no me haya gustado no quiere decir que sea malo simplemente no es mi estilo y por eso no le pondré 1.
A Enwright
Apr 14, 2016 A Enwright rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really, really enjoyed this book. As the author says in her preface it is an artful interweaving of many of the people and aspects of Cicero's life. She describes these far better than I ever could in her introduction--"there were many great personalities in the great Roman, Marcus Tullius Cicero: the poet, the orator; the lover; the patriot; the politician; the husband and father; the friend; the author; the lawyer; the brother; the son; the moralist; the philosopher." Each of these different ...more
Mike Applegate
Feb 02, 2008 Mike Applegate rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I know. I know. But it is historical fiction and may not be accurate, but it is an inspiring book. The quotes that are included make it well worth reading, and the story is great even though some criticize it.
Jim Bilbro
Feb 09, 2016 Jim Bilbro rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I only finished this book because each page was a new revelation in how *not* to write a book. Turgid, redundant prose; cardboard characters; plodding plot -- Caldwell has them all. Most risible is the way she interlards her wooly-headed pseudo-philosophizing throughout. Wait, no; most risible is the way she feels it necessary to cast her hero as some sort of proto-Christian devoutly inquiring after the prophesies of the Jews and awaiting the coming messiah. Even the history of the period is per ...more
Dec 07, 2014 Clau rated it really liked it
Novela histórica que narra la vida de Marco Tulio Cicerón (político, abogado, orador, filósofo y escritor), y la caída de la República Romana.

Según la nota de la autora, hizo una extensa investigación antes de escribir este libro, y eso se da a notar durante toda la obra. El uso de cartas y discursos y escritos reales le da credibilidad a la novela, y realmente da la impresión de estar presente en esta etapa de la historia, con sus costumbres e ideologías. A pesar, claro, de los huecos que la au
Aug 10, 2015 Ernesto rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Debo ser honesto, son pocos los libros que empiezo a leer y dejo a la mitad. Tristemente este es uno de esos pocos. A pesar de que era un libro muy recomendado por muchas personas cercanas y de que me animé mucho con las críticas que leí aquí, no pude con él. Encontré una forma tan artificial de tratar de que los pasajes históricos se acomodaran a nuestra actualidad que, al principio traté de verlo como licencia de parte de la autora, pero conforme avanzaban las páginas me resultó tan molesto qu ...more
Julio Escobar
Nov 20, 2013 Julio Escobar rated it it was amazing
<que realmente podemos conocer. Y como esa tranquilidad sólo puede ser hallada en la muerte, ¡qué hermosa es la muerte! ¡Qué deseable! El crepúsculo es más digno de ser amado que el amanecer, porque
el crepúsculo lleva a la noche y a un sueño sin reflexiones, mientras que el amanecer es un embustero que con fragancias, brisas y canciones promete cosas engañosas y todo lo que es falso y conduce al cansancio. ¡Oh, bendito el hombre que ha visto el último amanecer y contempla su último crepúsculo
Jul 04, 2010 Denise rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Adults
Shelves: fiction
A fictional novel about Marcus Tullius Cicero, a famous orator, lawyer, politican and patriot of ancient Rome. Written during the time of Julius Caesar's rise to power, it boasts a large cast of characters and attempts to explain how a society turns from a republic to a tyranny by slow degrees.

The author uses some actual quotes from Cicero's writings and speeches to "flesh out" the story but also tries to convert Cicero into an early Christian (before the beginnings of Christianity!). She also
Mar 25, 2014 Sara rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If you can get past the wordiness, this is one of the best historical fiction novels around. I'm not familiar enough with the real life story of Cicero to separate truth from fiction in this book, but I enjoyed this story a lot. Cicero lived during the century just before the birth of Christ and this story portrays his lifelong search for meaning. Much of the dialogue is taken directly from his own writings. If you like political intrigue, romance, and drama then this is a good book for you.
Diane Wachter
A Pillar of Iron, Taylor Caldwell, RDC-B, #2-65, 1968. Historical fiction about the man nicknamed "the Pillar of Iron" who tried to save the Republic of Rome, the land that he loved. This novel has many real people in it. Okay.
Gonzalo Nazareno
Feb 21, 2016 Gonzalo Nazareno rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Bien escrito, ameno, acerca la figura de Cicerón al lector, pero cae en bastantes inexactitudes y anacronismos. De la misma autora, prefiero Médico de cuerpos y almas
Rafael Corvera burciaga
Jul 27, 2013 Rafael Corvera burciaga rated it it was amazing
Shelves: books
Creo que tengo un nuevo libro favorito.
La columna de hierro es la historia de un hombre racional que nació en tiempos irracionales, un hombre virtuoso que nació en tiempos de vicio y libertinaje. Es la historia de Marco Tulio Cicerón, alguien que dio todo por su patria y acabó siendo víctima de ella.
¡Ay de los dichos que se dijeron en ese escrito, puesto que fueron dichos hace miles de años y siguen siendo ciertos el día de hoy! Un hombre virtuoso no morirá en tranquilidad en su cama, puesto que
Ramón Valdés
May 29, 2014 Ramón Valdés rated it it was amazing
Un "must" para los abogados y para todo aquel que desee tener un retrato de la vida en los inicios del Imperio Romano.
Jun 08, 2015 Ana rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Un gran libro. Es una lectura lenta, sin embargo muy interesante. Cada una de las etapas de la vida del personaje principal estan muy bien descritas ayudando a entender el rumbo que tomò su vida. El resto de personajes muy bien descritos también. Encontré principalmente mucho placer en el personaje de Julio Cesar, que desde la infancia es un personaje sumamente interesante, y aunque aveces considerado antagònico, se logra tambien llegar a sentir gran aprecio por el. Es in excelente libro como to ...more
ALFONSO  lopez
Nov 08, 2015 ALFONSO lopez rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Oct 31, 2015 Cristian rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Excelente libro sobre la historia de Cicerón y las causas de tan magna vida y sacrificios para Roma. Como siempre, al repasar la historia, siempre pasa lo mismo una y otra vez. Desde cada país hasta ciudades se pueden determinar con certeza los Catilinas, Clodios, Césares, Pompeyos y muy pocos Cicerón.

Era un poco molesto encontrar tanta devoción por Dios de la historia reflejada en Marco. Si, el la tenía, pero en ocasiones es demasiado intenso el énfasis hacia esta preferencia religiosa.
Rose Anaya polo
May 28, 2015 Rose Anaya polo rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I just love Ciceron's life, he sure was a Pilar of Iron, so inspiring, no doubt a book worth to be read and kind of sad that many lessons he teaches have not been learned by the upcoming generations.
You heard Marco Antonio's, Cleopatra, and Julius César's names often in history books, while hardly ever heard about Marco Tulio Cicerón, It make me think how much heros have been ignored while we acclaimed the tyrans through the "educational books"
Sep 25, 2012 Amy rated it it was amazing
Quedé admirada de Cicerón,su elocuencia ,cómo habría sido escucharlo.Con este libro reflexioné sobre la situación de mi país,pues si algún día ha de haber un cambio tendrá que ser por nosotros,no esperemos que el cambio lo genere un gobernante.Ahora veo de otra forma ha esas subveniciones del gobierno,(oportunidades ,70 y más etc"...
"A menudo nos vendemos por migajas de pan y unas judías"Colvmna de hierro
Jun 27, 2007 Miguel rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I got most of the way through the book, but I got fed up with Caldwell's tone. There is too much of her bending the story around her own political views which seem to be mid century conservative. Specifically, her portrayal of Cicero as a stubborn and righteous crusader is too shrill. I don't know enough about the man for this to be a judgment on her accuracy, but the character's evolution turned me off.
Clara Testado
Interesante la historia, interesante el enfoque sobre Julio César que tiene, pero el libro tiene un 40% de hojas de relleno. Se hace insoportable. Además, la historia viene leeeeeeeeenta y de repente, en las últimas cien hojas acelera todo sin el detallismo (gracias a Dios) de los capítulos anteriores.
No lo recomiendo. Muy pesado.
Pepe González
A la novela le sobran varias centenas de páginas (¡la edición de bolsillo cuenta 840!) y está escrita con poca gracia. Es, sin embargo, una manera (no estoy seguro de que la más recomendable, pero fue la que tuve a mano) de iniciarse en la vida de ese personaje fascinante que fue Marco Tulio Cicerón, y conocer de paso los últimos años de la República romana y los albores del Imperio.
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Taylor Caldwell was born in Manchester, England. In 1907 she emigrated to the United States with her parents and younger brother. Her father died shortly after the move, and the family struggled. At the age of eight she started to write stories, and in fact wrote her first novel, The Romance of Atlantis, at the age of twelve (although it
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