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Dictator: (Cicero Trilogy 3) (original 2016; edition 2016)

by Robert Harris (Author)

Series: Cicero (3)

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Title:Dictator: (Cicero Trilogy 3)
Authors:Robert Harris (Author)
Info:Arrow (2016), 544 pages
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This is the third volume in the author's trilogy of novels based on the life of the great Roman statesman and orator Marcus Tullius Cicero. There was a long gap between the publication of the second and third novels, and an even longer reading gap for me, as I read the first two in 2009 and 2010. This is every bit as great a read as those two, and completes a gripping trilogy covering some of the most dramatic events in world history up to that time, and arguably ever. This final volume covers Cicero's exile in Greece, Caesar's assassination, and the rise of first Mark Antony, then Caesar's great nephew and heir Octavian, the future Emperor Augustus. Cicero was a remarkable man, a staunch upholder of the Roman conception of democracy and the rule of law in the face of the large than life tyrants and would be tyrants he faced, but with sufficient judgement to be pragmatic at times, which makes him a more appealing figure than the rigid Cato. In his final speech to the Senate when opposing the force majeure granting of a consulship to the 19 year old Octavian, Cicero said:

"the Roman Republic, with its division of powers, its annual free elections for every magistracy, its law courts and its juries, its balance between Senate and people, its liberty of speech and thought, is mankind’s noblest creation, and I would sooner lie choking in my own blood upon the ground than betray the principle on which all this stands – that is, first and last and always, the rule of law."

Cicero's final death at the hands of killers sent by Octavian is sad and a bit squalid, yet also has a certain nobility to it. This is a great novel. 5/5 (I have given this rating to all three volumes, a rare occurrence for a series to maintain such a high standard throughout). ( )
  john257hopper | Feb 26, 2017 |
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  pakeurobooks | Oct 19, 2016 |
An excellent finish to the Cicero trilogy. This is a complex political time in the Roman Empire but Robert Harris manages to navigate the intrigues and alliances and create a good story for the reader, while giving a sense of the difficult times. Once again it is Tiro who takes us on this journey but this is a slightly different Tiro who is freed early on in the novel, has his own property and has a dignity and respect of his own and the freedom to walk away if he wished. His loyalty to Cicero is remarkable and there were many times when I thought he would be best to pack away his pens and go and tend his olive groves. Covering the years 58 BC to 43 BC and the years of Julius Caesar's rule and downfall, even when you know what is about to happen Robert Harris manages to build the tension and kept me wanting to turn the pages. ( )
  Tifi | Oct 11, 2016 |
I took too long over this and found it turgid ! It's always a good story but RH has tried to compress a long time frame into this one which eventually stretches the credibility and bored me more than a little. It almost reminded me of publishers' penchant for re-releasing older books by now famous and cherished authors - trouble is the older book did not succeed 'cos it was rotten in the first place.

Overall, I was very disappointed as I had really enjoyed the previous "Roman stories". ( )
  JW1949 | Aug 31, 2016 |
This is the third and last book in the series of historical fiction focusing on the life and career of Cicero. This book offers a gripping narrative of the rise to power of Julius Caesar, his assassination, and the aftermath as Octavian ruthlessly seizes power. The entire trilogy is highly recommended for fans of Roman history. ( )
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"Laws are silent in times of war." (Cicero). There was a time when Cicero held Caesar's life in the palm of his hand. But now Caesar is the dominant figure and Cicero's life is in ruins. Exiled, separated from his wife and children, his possessions confiscated, his life constantly in danger, Cicero is tormented by the knowledge that he has sacrificed power for the sake of his principles. His comeback requires wit, skill and courage - and for a brief and glorious period, the legendary orator is once more the supreme senator in Rome. But politics is never static and no statesman, however cunning, can safeguard against the ambition and corruption of others. Riveting and tumultuous, Dictator encompasses some of the most epic events in human history yet is also an intimate portrait of a brilliant, flawed, frequently fearful yet ultimately brave man - a hero for his time and for ours. This is an unforgettable tour de force from a master storyteller.
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