A fine conclusion to Robert Harris' trilogy that began with IMPERIUM and CONSPIRATA. Wonderfully performed in this audio version. A dark reflection on the fate of republican institutions when fundamental laws are twisted to advance some popular cause like warrantless spying, gay marriage, or needless wars.
(Cicero's philosophical works, briefly mentioned in the novel, are better organized and more sensible than those of the Greeks.)
Middling well done historical fiction of the last days of the Roman Republic....Shakespeare's characters fleshed out as it were.
Dictator is the last book in Harris' Cicero trilogy (Imperium, Conspirata). This volume finds Cicero just returning to Rome after promising to support his enemy, Julius Caesar. For 15 years, he works his way back up through the law courts, the Senate, and one brief shining moment as Co-Consul . Cicero is assassinated when the Republic collapses for good and Augustus ascends a throne as Emperor. Harris has written a political thriller based on ancient events that is chillingly close (minus the political assassinations in the Forum and on the streets) to today's political events.
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