Conspirata: A Novel of Ancient Rome (Cicero, Book 2) by Robert Harris

By Robert Harris

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For, indeed, a devastating punishment awaited the Marians who had survived: Sulla outlawed them and put their names on ‘proscription’ lists. These lists derived their name from the Latin word proscriptio which simply meant ‘putting up a notice’, but Sulla’s ‘notices’ were particularly shocking. They stated that any man who wanted could kill the ‘proscribed’ men with impunity; moreover, financial rewards offered an incentive to kill. It was legalized murder on a horrific scale. According to one source, at least sixteen hundred men were killed in this way, although the historian Orosius raised the death toll to nine thousand.

Therefore, although he was a member of Rome’s aristocracy himself, this is exactly what he did. We do not know what motivated him most – social reform, the quest for personal power, the unemployment, the army or other factors – but, intentionally or not, he had caused a revolution at Rome. From Tiberius’ time on, the crowd played a crucial role as certain politicians courted popular opinion and support in their personal pursuits of power and reform. 6 The cherished ideal of the unity between the senate and the people of Rome was rapidly descending 16 CICERO into a political nightmare of strife and discord: a tug-of-war between politicians, who claimed to act either in defence of the senate’s authority or of the people’s rights.

The trial revolved around a complicated business partnership between the defendant and his opponent, and Cicero’s mastery of the legal technicalities in this speech clearly stands testament to his ambition, quoted at the beginning of this chapter, to enter the courts fully trained. At the same time, his decision to disseminate a written record of the speech shows the use Cicero made of this medium to advertise his name and build a reputation. And, although the speech itself has not won much favour among Cicero’s modern critics, his strategy evidently worked: just a year later, he was asked to take on the case which launched the beginning of his career – the defence of Sextus Roscius of Ameria.

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