By Taylor Caldwell
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Publish yr note: First released 1965
The spirit of historical Rome in its final days of glory. The hero of the tale, the guy referred to as "a pillar of iron" is Marcus Tullius Cicero, the lawyer-statesman who attempted vainly to save lots of the republic he enjoyed from the forces of tyranny. Unfolding listed below are the non-public dramas at the back of the nice Roman hero's triumphs and defeats - and the intimate, deeply relocating tale of his determined love affair with the attractive Livia.
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He discovered Marcus tutoring his brother in Greek. This did not touch Archias, two who wondered at Marcus' young patience and tenderness. The boys would train together in leaping and WTestling and discus- little throwing and exercises with the spear and the bow. It annoyed Archias that Marcus appeared not to object too much to this s\\'eatv business. The more or less tranquil household soothed the innate irascibility He found himself able to turn out cantos with which he was satisfied, and which he published in Rome.
It had o\ertones of passion, but was never sure, irra- random emotion. Archias informed Tullius that the household harbored an embryo Demosthenes. "I should prefer that you define your terms more closely, in the Socratic manner," said Archias. "Nevertheless, Marcus, vou beuitch me, and tional or too filled with my you convince me. " Even as a child Marcus did not believe that. There was the iron of the old Romans in his character, though his nature was still buoyant and as airy as powdered gold.
It is because, sorrowfully, they believe that they are worthless," said the gentle Tulhus, who had not been included in the conversation. His begun to be startled when he spoke and be surprised at his presence. "It is sad," continued Tullius, as the two frowned at him, "that no man in these days is proud that he is just a man, who is far above the beasts, and has a soul and a mind. " father and his wife had recently to The Chiltl and the Youth There is onlv monev," she am infonned, in Rome, bv Helvia shniggcd.
A Pillar of Iron by Taylor Caldwell