This is a fantastic novel; Harris vividly recreates the Roman world of the 1st century BC with remarkably engaging characters. He manages to make this story extremely approachable while keeping it from being overly predictable. I would recommend this to anyone.
An ideal undergraduate textbook, as well as an excellent reference book for the more advanced student. Enough detail for the for the beginner without becoming overwhelming, and good for quick references or to reorient yourself with a particular period if you are an aspiring Byzantinist. I wrote a senior thesis paper using this book (in conjunction with Norwich's 3 volume History of Byzantium) as my central, general text, and was more than satisfied with the information I was able to glean from it. It is a starting point to be sure, but a very, very good one.Full Disclosure: I'm going to be Dr. Gregory's graduate student in the fall (but I haven't studied with him at the time of writing this review!);I suppose you should keep this in mind when reading this review :)P.S.: Be sure to get the updated second edition of this book rather than the first. Several elements have been upgraded, and it is well worth the extra money.
A fantastic follow-up to "Imperium," "Conspirata" picks up right where the last novel left off. Chronicling both the height of Cicero's fame and influence and his lowest ebb (at least in the eyes of the mob), this book hits its mark nearly as well as its predecessor. My only critique is that this book does not keep to the original premise as well as the first installment; being the supposed memoirs of Tiro, some details are unnecessarily repeated from one book to the next. A necessary measure, but one that nevertheless drew me out of the story a bit. Regardless, a fantastic read. I'm anxiously awaiting the conclusion!
A very interesting look into a topic rarely studied. It goes a long way towards correcting the misconceptions about science in the Middle Ages. Very readable, but with enough meat to keep a more scholarly audience interested.
I have not read a huge number of translations of Dante, but of the one's that I've read Musa's is by far the best. Extremely readable but also quite complex. I would recommend this translation to anyone.