Conspirata is a sequel to Robert Harris’ novel Imperium, which chronicles the rise of Cicero in ancient Rome. Harris is a great novelist, and he sticks to the facts and to the actual speeches of Cicero as much as possible–which is what make this book so valuable. You feel you know these people afterwards.
Conspirata tells of Cicero’s consulship in which he ruled over the Roman Empire for a brief period, his work as a senator, and his brilliance as a lawyer and orator. It’s impossible to recommend this novel too highly; I loved it.
I was struck by the conditions in Rome at this time (the story begins in 63 B.C.). Keep in mind that this was the most civilized and progressive society known to western man at the time. We still speak of “the glory that was Rome.” It was glorious, but only to a point and depending on the strata of society you occupied.
Into this world, Jesus Christ was born. Into this culture the gospel came. To these people, God sent a Savior.
Read what Robert Harris said about these people and think, “Man, did they ever need a Savior!”