Imperium: A Novel of Ancient Rome by Robert Harris, is a great story that shows Cicero’s elegance, struggles, and achievments.
Imperium begins with Tiro, a servant of Cicero’s, narrating the story after Cicero’s death. He was often described as smart, and was a quick learner. Tiro was probably one of the greatest servants at the time. He was so remarkable because of his way of recording speeches. He discovered a system that could copy everything a person said in a speech without missing one word. It was so great in fact that even Julius Caesar teased about wanting to buy him. Tiro witnessed his private meetings and carried his secret messages.
Cicero was a man that everyone took as a joke in the beginning. This would later change. His first big case was with Verres. Verres was a corrupt man that would often offer bribes expressing for his own needs. Cicero ended up winning the case and gained major reputation. When the voting for consul arrived, Cicero worked his hardest to become consul. Then his second big case came. It was directed towards Catalina. Cicero accused him for trying to bribe the elections. Then after several historic speeches, it seemed as if Cicero had the edge over the other contestants. At the end of the day, Cicero won the election by a landslide. He is often regarded as one of the best oratory speakers not only in his time, but in the history of man-kind.
The story of Imperium shows great dedication and desire for good can lead up to the person achieving his ultimate goal. Cicero was the primary example of this.
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