The Bottom Line
- Written for non-scholars
- Gives Cicero his due
- Clearly written - pleasant style
- Cicero portrait often buried under other people
- Requires grounding in Republican Roman history
- If you know the period, it may bore you
- Anthony Everitt puts together all the colorful figures of Ancient Rome in the mid-first century B.C.
- A timeline at the front of the book provides a handy reference for the sequence of events.
- In Cicero, Everitt examines the events leading to the assassination of Caesar.
- Cicero is shown as a complex character with great weaknesses, but equally great strengths.
- In Cicero, Everitt scrutinizes Cicero's family relations and friendships.
- Cicero is shown as fearless as a good gladiator in the face of his own death.
- A section on the very ample sources for the period provides further suggestions for reading.
Guide Review - Book Review Cicero by Anthony Everitt
Anthony Everitt chronicles the life of Cicero, from his rise to power and consulship in 63 to his fall from grace, his return from exile, his lackluster post-consular political career, and his execution.