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How the world's first great republic slipped into empire and one-man rule

Dictator - the last in Robert Harris trilogy on ancient Rome - focuses on Cicero and his secretary Tiro and 'the most tumultuous era in human history'

3 October 2015

9:00 AM

3 October 2015

9:00 AM

Dictator Robert Harris

Hutchinson, pp.452, £20, ISBN: 9780091752101

Marcus Tullius Cicero was the ancient master of the ‘save’ key. He composed more letters, speeches and philosophy books than most writers of any epoch; but more important than any particular work was that so much survived to define his time. He had a secretary, Tiro, who can reasonably be given the credit for researching, correcting, copying and casting out his master’s words.

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