Lustrum, Paperback Book
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Rome, 63 BC. In a city on the brink of acquiring a vast empire, seven men are struggling for power.

Cicero is consul, Caesar his ruthless young rival, Pompey the republic's greatest general, Crassus its richest man, Cato a political fanatic, Catilina a psychopath, Clodius an ambitious playboy.

The stories of these real historical figures - their alliances and betrayals, their cruelties and seductions, their brilliance and their crimes - are all interleaved to form this epic novel.

Its narrator is Tiro, a slave who serves as confidential secretary to the wily, humane, complex Cicero.

He knows all his master's secrets - a dangerous position to be in.

From the discovery of a child's mutilated body, through judicial execution and a scandalous trial, to the brutal unleashing of the Roman mob, Lustrum is a study in the timeless enticements and horrors of power.


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A exciting page turner of a sequel to the author's Imperium novel. Cicero's life is packed full of incident and this novel covers the zenith and nadir of his political career. I felt considerable sympathy for Cicero and his secretary cum chronicler Tiro. Cicero's life is one full of incident and his powers of speech and argumentation rightly still remembered now, though Tiro's legacy is also assured, as he created a system of shorthand including the use of &, i.e. and e.g. that we still use today.

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This is Harris's third Roman book, and his second on the life of Cicero, told through the eyes of his secretary Tiro. It's a compelling, learned and well-crafted book - testament to Harris's skill as a writer of political thriller. Who else could keep seven major figures in play, describe the machinations of the Roman senate, and keep you turning the pages? Terrific entertainment

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I thought it was not as good as Imperium but still very impressive.

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Fascinating historical and political novel. Robert Harris is able to bring ancient Rome to relevant life.

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