Uncovering the Modern Politics of Ancient Rome ; Book of the Week
Jones, Peter, The Evening Standard (London, England)
LUSTRUM by Robert Harris (Hutchinson, Pounds 18.99) AHISTORICAL novelist is rather like a barrister hand- ling a client whose story broadly rings true but nevertheless does not quite add up in every detail. It is in this sense that Robert Harris is the master -- taking what we know from the fragmented historical record and making rounded, human sense of it all.
He demonstrated this skill consummately in Imperium, the gripping first instalment of a proposed trilogy about the life of the Roman statesman, advocate and intellectual Cicero (106-43BC).
With the second instalment, Lustrum ("a five-year period"), he has surpassed himself. It is one of the most exciting …
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