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Conspirata by Robert Harris
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Jun 08, 11

Read in June, 2011

Conspirata is the follow-up to Imperium, both as a novel but also in the historical perspective of Marco Tullio Cicerone's life. Here is the focal point of the Roman Republic, that of Catilina, Pompeo, Giulio Cesare and all the other relevant figures that brought along this remarkable example of republican democracy up to the year 27 A.C., when Cesare and his fellow companions took over the power turning it into a dictatorship. If you're into ancient Rome this is where its real heart of the city lies - much more than in the over-abused Roman Empire stuff. The narration, through the voice of the slave and Cicerone's secretary Tirone, is truly excellent, tight and always very close to historical facts. Dramatic tension and suspance is constantly high and you'll find it difficult to put the book down. Nothing has changed much in politics since those times, it was all there already: the subtle tactics, the corruption, the power of money, populism and the physical and moral assassinations. Quo usque tandem abutere, Catilina, patientia nostra?
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