"From the Hardcover edition."
|Publisher:||Random House Inc|
|Publish Date:||May 2003|
|Number of Pages:||400|
|Shipping Weight (in pounds):||0.6|
|Product in Inches (L x W x H):||6.25 x 8.0 x 1.0|
Everitt's first book is a good read that anyone interested in ancient Rome will enjoy. It is also the first one-volume life of the Roman leader in 25 years. To create a work that flowed and was therefore more colorful for the lay reader, Everitt, the former secretary-general of the Arts Council for Great Britain, has taken liberties when describing a person or a place that may annoy scholars. Yet reading this book is an excellent way to understand the players of the period and the culture that produced them.
Bloody, articulate, erudite, sexist, slave-owning- Cicero and his circle were all that, but Everitt is careful to recognize that the orator was a product of his age. This is not strictly a political history; Everitt scrutinizes Roman society in discussing events of the orator's life and, when describing Cicero's marriage, acquaints the reader with various aspects of that institution and the home of the era. Throughout, he is willing to admit when the evidence for a theory is weak and when he is extrapolating from the assumptions of scholars. Recommended for public and undergraduate collections.
-Clay Williams, Hunter Coll. Lib., New York
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