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Imperium
Imperium: A Novel of Ancient Rome | Robert Harris
From the bestselling author of Fatherland and Pompeii, comes the first novel of a trilogy about the struggle for power in ancient Rome. In his most accomplished work to date (Los Angeles Times), master of historical fiction Robert Harris lures readers back in time to the compelling life of Roman Senator Marcus Cicero. The re-creation of a vanished biography written by his household slave and righthand man, Tiro, Imperium follows Ciceros extraordinary struggle to attain supreme power in Rome. On a cold November morning, Tiro opens the door to find a terrified, bedraggled stranger begging for help. Once a Sicilian aristocrat, the man was robbed by the corrupt Roman governor, Verres, who is now trying to convict him under false pretenses and sentence him to a violent death. The man claims that only the great senator Marcus Cicero, one of Romes most ambitious lawyers and spellbinding orators, can bring him justice in a crooked society manipulated by the villainous governor. But for Cicero, it is a chance to prove himself worthy of absolute power. What follows is one of the most gripping courtroom dramas in history, and the beginning of a quest for political glory by a man who fought his way to the top using only his voicedefeating the most daunting figures in Roman history.
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Andrew65
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1 I enjoy all Historical fiction, from a whole range of time frames.I tend to read a lot ofRoman and Roman BritainFiction, some which is more than 2000 years old,but also some that isn‘t.

2.I recommend any work by Ben Kane, but especially the Forgotten Legion Trilogy, and the tagged book, which is the first of a Trilogy based on Cicero born 3rd January 106 BCE.

#Two4Tuesday @TheSpineView

Here‘s some recommendations @Eggs

TheSpineView I haven't read this yet. Stacked! Thanks for playing 2mo
Eggs 🧡🧡🧡 2mo
Vansa I was going to recommend this Robert Harris trilogy too! Absolutely loved it. We saw the dramatisation by the RSC, which was very powerful. 2mo
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Andrew65 @Vansa That must have been great. 2mo
Andrew65 @TheSpineView I hope you enjoy it. 2mo
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andrew61
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Here was my 2nd book in #MayMadness @Andrew65 + really enjoyable. A bk about how cicero emerges as the great political figure in the Roman Republic. It rds like a thriller + is v readable + extremely interesting, a lot of intrigue bringing the senate to life.
I'll rd later + raise a toast to a lovely lady jenny @ReadingEnvy after the horrible news this wk. I listened to her for yrs + was lucky to talk to her virtually on the show in 2020. V v sad

Cathythoughts I‘m so shocked and sad to hear this news of Jenny. I often listened to her podcasts and followed her here and on Instagram. Such a lovely person 💔 7mo
TrishB I didn‘t know this news 💔 so sad @Cathythoughts 7mo
andrew61 @Cathythoughts @TrishB Sorry that I've dropped that tonight Cathy and Trish, I only saw it on a thread on Wednesday. It seems a bit unreal as I didn't know jenny but she was such a lovely personality on her podcast so I felt as if I did. There is a thread on good reads. There is very little on line other than a short bit from her university. Sorry again, take care. 7mo
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Leftcoastzen So shocked! She was awesome!😢 7mo
Andrew65 This is really sad news 😢 7mo
Andrew65 LovedImperium and I need to read the other books in the trilogy. 7mo
Christine I can‘t stop thinking about Jenny‘s passing. I‘ll miss her podcast and her presence here and in the world so much. 7mo
TrishB Thank you for mentioning it because I might have missed it and it‘s right and proper to think about her 💔 7mo
andrew61 @Christine yes Christine it was horrible news. She will be missed by many, a lovely lady. Take care. 6mo
andrew61 @Leftcoastzen It was horrible news. She was a lovely lady and will be missed. Take care. 6mo
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StaceyKondla
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I am posting one book per day from my extensive to-be-read collection. No description and providing no reason for wanting to read it, I just do. Some will be old, some will be new. Don‘t judge me - I have a lot of books. Join the fun if you want.
This is day 208 #bookstoread #tbrpile #bookstagram

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Minervasbutler
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Harris, via his narrator Tiro, Cicero's slave and confidential secretary, plunges us headlong into the morass of corruption and intrigue that was Late Republican politics and it's a page-turner from the off. Many memorable characters, but it is the portrayal of Cicero himself - witty, urbane, flawed, that makes this book such a good read. Laced with deliciously sly humour, this is the very best kind of history lesson.

Crazeedi I totally enjoyed this series 3y
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Spooks101
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This is the first Robert Harris novel I have read, and will certainly not be the last. He has written a detailed political drama that is deep, passionate, and full of strange and intriguing characters, most of whom actually existed! From great generals to grand orators Robert gives them all sufficient screen time and the story is driven forward with wonderful twists and turns. And it's the first in a trilogy; I cannot wait to read the rest of them

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amok
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While reading Harris' trilogy I fell in love with Cicero. He accompagnied me everywhere I went for a long time. I miss him very much ...

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Power brings a man many luxuries, but a clean pair of hands is seldom among them

Crazeedi I read this trilogy recently, excellent, great writer 4y
BookedBySunrise I‘m about half way thru and really enjoying this book. Found out just a few mins ago it‘s actually a trilogy and I‘m so happy about that. 4y
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I love that at the rural Base Hospital I work at our fabulous volunteer pink ladies have a substantial library for patients and visitors on each floor, plus a mobile service. I often find a gem to read myself 😍😂

BridgetteM That‘s awesome! 4y
Kaye Back in my #bellbottomdays when I was a CandyStriper, we used to wheel a cart of books around from room to room. 4y
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HannahKate
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First of three books about Cicero, the Forum and politics in ancient Rome. Absolutely loved this trilogy.

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KOTK
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I decided to try something different. Historical fiction. I might have struck gold as this was a gripping tale told with such skill. Read many of Harris' books but none of these. Was a joy and books 2 and 3 in the trilogy ordered

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shaynarae
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I have no restraint when it comes to the library. Have I mentioned that I have another 4 books on my Kindle too? #tbr #help

Crazeedi I just finished reading Imperium! And now reading the second book, Conspirata and the third one is Dictator. By Robert Harris. Excellent 5y
shaynarae @Crazeedi Awesome! What did you live about it? I‘ve been so sleepy every time I‘ve picked it up that I feel like I‘m missing a lot of the thrill in the details. 5y
Crazeedi I enjoyed the story told from the point of view of his servant/slave Tiro. The intrigue, the realization that this was the end times of the Roman republic. How it became corrupt, the man that was Cicero, the greatest orator, how his mind worked. All fascinating stuff 5y
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shaynarae @Crazeedi 👍🏼 I totally see that! It reads kind of like House of Cards. I think I struggled with it because I was expecting/wanted something different than the book actually provided, which is no one‘s fault but my own. 5y
BarbaraTheBibliophage The BLM memoir from Patrisse Kahn-Cullors is so good. Not always easy, but terrific. 5y
shaynarae @BarbaraTheBibliophage Glad to hear! That book was an impulse borrow; I was listening to a podcast on my way to the library that was raving about what a great book it is, and there it was on the special display shelf. I‘m really looking forward to reading it! 5y
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Andrew65
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Finished the first book in the Cicero Trilogy, as usual with all Robert Harris books this was a cracking read. This book covered the early part of his political life up until he became a Consul. This book helped me clarify the political process in Ancient Rome, as well as giving the precursor for modern trials. It is a surprise Cicero made it given the enemies Cicero made along the way, including Crassus. I look forward to continuing the trilogy.

Melissa_J I really liked this one, too. Haven‘t read the others yet though. 5y
Andrew65 @Melissa_J I do own the second one so there is no excuse! 5y
Crazeedi Yep I LOVED it too. I'm reading Conspirata now 5y
Andrew65 @Crazeedi I need to get to this, Perhaps next week! 5y
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Andrew65
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Started Imperium by Robert Harris, which is the first book in his Cicero Trilogy. Really enjoying it, but shouldn‘t be surprised as he is a favourite author of mine.

Crazeedi He's an amazing writer, I read Pompeii and Conclave too 5y
Andrew65 @Crazeedi I love his writing and also enjoyed Pompeii and Conclave. Also thoroughly recommend The Ghost (aka The Ghost Writer), Fatherland, Enigma, and possibly my favourite 5y
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Andrew65
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Power brings a man many luxuries, but a clean pair of hands is seldom among them.

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Andrew65
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Imperium is the first book in the #Cicero Trilogy by one of my favourite authors, Robert Harris! These are historical fiction books set during Roman times. This is one set of books of his that I have yet to read but do recommend his books. #MelodiousMusicals.
How's that for a link between Ancient Rome and Chicago. I love the songs from #Chicago and do love the Chicago story.

Melissa_J I really liked this one. Haven‘t read the others yet. 5y
Andrew65 @Melissa_J Good to know. 😊 5y
CrowCAH Wow, quite the connection!!! 5y
AlaMich I haven't gotten around to this series yet, but I really enjoyed 5y
Andrew65 @AlaMich Me too! 5y
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rwmg
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Considering the author's rep as a thriller writer, this story of Cicero from Verres to Cataline just wasn't very interesting.

Sophronisba I never was able to get into this one either. Huge disappointment. 5y
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rabbitprincess
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Overall very good, although now I want to read some non-fiction about Cicero to check how closely this book mirrors the actual history.

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rabbitprincess
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Out running errands this afternoon and stopped at a Tim Hortons that makes toasted coconut doughnuts. Saved it for my evening tea 😊

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rabbitprincess
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"My name is Tiro."
#anditsaugust day 29: first line of current read

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rwmg
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rwmg
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I don't like deckled edges. They look and feel terrible to me.

rabbitprincess I'm reading Imperium too! 😄 No deckle edges on mine though. 5y
rwmg @rabbitprincess 👍looking forward to hearing what you think either here or on LT 5y
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SheReadsAndWrites
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Great view. Giving this one a try.

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CoffeeCatsBooks
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For #backtoreading #audiotogo, I had to pick this Cicero series by Robert Harris. I especially loved it because I have a weakness for Roman History. Simon Jones narrates these & he is perfect. I loved the audio books so much I had to have print copies as well (both signed ❤️). FYI, the second book Lustrum is called Conspirata in the US. The third book is out now, Dictator, but I haven't gotten it yet because I know it's going to be a hard read. 😢

JoeStalksBeck 👏👏👏👏👏😁❤️ 5y
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SheReadsAndWrites
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Strolled the library today. Thank you, Littens, for such great recommendations. ♥️ #bliss #quiet #restfulsaturday #littens

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Embellembell
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Brunch and a book: always a good combo! It was a great time spent discussing some monumental pieces of literature with some fellow book nerds! (I also definitely won the best brunch contest! Scrambled duck eggs, smoked salmon, and avocado is the ultimate combo!) #keswick2017 #bellfamilycoffeetour #merienda #ofcourseitsraining

8little_paws That looks so good!! 5y
Buddys_Momma Looks better than the blueberry pop tarts I'm eating right now 🙁 (edited) 5y
Embellembell @8little_paws it was! I may never have a brunch as good as that again! 5y
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Susanita That looks delicious! 5y
brilliantglow Smoked salmon and eggs is such a great combo. I love eggs Benedict with smoked salmon I'll have to try this though with the avocado. It looks amazing.😍 5y
underground_bks Another Bell here and like the only tradition my family has is when two or more of us are gathered, there must be lox 😂 This looks AMAZING. 5y
Embellembell @underground_bks yay, it‘s great to have another Bell on Litsy 😂❤️ Weirdly enough, salmon is a bit of a tradition for my family too (though not lox exactly), my brother once bought a whole salmon and had to google how to gut it 😂 5y
underground_bks @Embellembell salmon is such a tasty tradition! 5y
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Embellembell
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Just arrived at our apartment for the week, and this is my view! Definitely a perfect place to read in the evening! #keswick2017 #bellfamilycoffeetour

mjdowens Oh those mountains are gorgeous 5y
DGRachel Stunning! 5y
ChrisM Beautiful!!! 5y
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TrishB Lovely 💜 5y
nickimags 😍 Gorgeou! The Lake District is beautiful. I hope you have a great time and the weather is kind to you. 5y
Lcsmcat Wow! 5y
cajunsyd Where is this? Gorgeous! 5y
Embellembell @cajunsyd we're staying in a little town called Keswick in the Lake District, and the mountains you can see are Catbells and Maiden Moore! 5y
cajunsyd @Embellembell thank you! 5y
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Laalaleighh
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Up next. The Fortune Teller left me wanting to read about ancient civilizations, and this has been waiting for me to finally pick it up ever since I got it from the boyfriend on Christmas Eve. It's an attempt at recreating the vanished biography written about Cicero, and the first in a trilogy. Ancient Rome, here I come.

Caroline2 Oh I've had that in my shelf for a couple of years now and still haven't read it!! 🙄 can't wait to hear what you think of it! 5y
SheReadsAndWrites I'm in Rome right now! This is SO going in my stack. 😊 5y
drokka I love the way Harris writes. I've. It read this one, but a few others, and he has such a way of bringing you there, front row. 5y
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Laalaleighh @caroline2 it's fascinating but it's definitely taking some of @JenP 's book monogamy bc it's not a fast read at all haha. 5y
Laalaleighh @SheWritesRomance you are?! Have sooooooooo much fun! Take pictures! Eat amazing food! Buy your favorite book translated into Italian! 5y
Laalaleighh @drokka my bf just read conclave and had nothing but raves about it. 5y
SheReadsAndWrites I bought my son The Godfather in Italian 😎 5y
Laalaleighh @SheWritesRomance awww, that's awesome! 5y
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wanderer15
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An absolute treat for this long-ago classics major. So vividly reimagined and Harris clearly takes great pains to be historically accurate. It's also surprisingly well written for a legal/political thriller. I'll be moving right along to the sequels - Cicero is a genius, but unfortunately we know his story doesn't end happily...

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lucymuse
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absolutely brilliant - really amazing how he brings Roman politics to life #rome #historicalfiction #robertharris #imperium #cicero

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lucymuse
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"make your speech shorter"

Terentia is so badass - she hold the purse strings and PUSHES Cicero! so fierce