Synopses & Reviews
When Tiro, the confidential secretary of a Roman senator, opens the door to a terrified stranger on a cold November morning, he sets in motion a chain of events which will eventually propel his master into one of the most famous courtroom dramas in history.
The stranger is a Sicilian, a victim of the islandâs corrupt Roman governor, Verres. The senator is Cicero, a brilliant young lawyer and spellbinding orator, determined to attain imperium â supreme power in the state.
This is the starting-point of Robert Harrisâs most accomplished novel to date. Compellingly written in Tiroâs voice, it takes us inside the violent, treacherous world of Roman politics, to describe how one man â clever, compassionate, devious, vulnerable â fights to reach the top.
"Genres ancient and modern have rarely been so skilfully synthesised… Gripping and accomplished" Tom Holland, Guardian