Lustrum

Lustrum

Book - 2009
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The second book in the stunning Roman Empire trilogy by Robert Harris, author of the acclaimed bestsellers Fatherland, Enigma, Archangel, Pompeii, Imperium and The Ghost.
It is 63 BC, the year when Cicero is consul. Most of his time in office is devoted to uncovering and thwarting a violent conspiracy to overthrow the state, ostensibly led by Crassus and a group of disaffected senators.
Underlying it all is the great rivalry between Cicero and Caesar who represent two different types of ambition: one orthodox, the other revolutionary. As Caesar's power grows, Cicero must face the inevitable compromises that come with power; is it justifiable to use illegal methods in order to save the Republic?
Robert Harris yet again proves himself a master of historical fiction as he takes the reader to the heart of republican Rome with a novel that is at once brilliantly researched and utterly gripping.
Publisher: London : Hutchinson, 2009.
ISBN: 9780091801007
0091801001
Characteristics: 454 p. : map ; 24 cm.

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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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