The plan was simple: set fire to Rome, massacre the rich, loot their property, and take over the government. It was up to Ciceroā€”a bookish oratorā€”to save the republic. Caesar, Pompey, Crassus, Cato: they all have their parts to play, and the masterful pen of Gaston Boissier makes these outsized characters live once more.

Gaston Boissier, a member of the AcadeĢmie francĢ§aise, was a brilliant historian who specialized in making ancient Rome live again for modern readers. This new translation brings one of his last and most entertaining works to English-speaking readers for the first time.

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