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Fictionalized Roman History 58-43BCE

Just finished reading (in English) Robert Harris' "Dictator" which looks at Rome from the point of view of Cicero from his exile by Julius Caesar to his execution on the orders of Octavian, Anthony, and Lepidus. An interesting way of looking at a fascinating period of history with all the famous names.

October 31, 2019



That was an enjoyable book. The third of a trilogy. Did you read the preceding two? His novel Pompeii (takes place in 79 A.D.). is also good. FWIW, I didn't enjoy these books as much as I thought I would, but that's probably not due to anything being wrong with them.


No, this was the first one (someone recommended it to me). I found the content interesting and the writing good - but not a page turner.


Be sure to try the first of the Cicero novels, which is Imperium. It's narrated by Cicero's slave and secretary, Tiro--an incredibly appealing narrator. I love this novel and have read it many times. The second one (Conspirata, as it's called in the US; or Lustrum, its original title) is nearly as good; I found Dictator a bit disappointing in comparison.

So, if you liked "Dictator," I predict that you'll love "Imperium" !


I don't know those, but I really enjoyed John Maddox Roberts' SPQR novels and would absolutely recommend those for a good flavour of Roman everyday life. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SPQR_series


Do you also know Steven Saylor's series about Gordianus the Finder, a sort-of ancient Sherlock Holmes-style detective, in ancient Rome? He interacts with Cicero, Caesar, Pompey; the novels are quite engaging (and definitely as much concerned with the seamier side of things as with the movers and shakers).


Thanks everyone. I just read "Imperium" - actually a much better read.


So glad to hear of another "Imperium" fan! I've been enjoying some of the SPQR novels myself.

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