The Conspiracy

The Conspiracy Nero s secret police believe they have come on the first hints of a plot against the emperor s life Once a promising gifted friend of poets pupil of the great Seneca Nero has bloodied himself grown

  • Title: The Conspiracy
  • Author: John Hersey
  • ISBN: 9780394479293
  • Page: 458
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The Conspiracy

    Nero s secret police believe they have come on the first hints of a plot against the emperor s life Once a promising gifted friend of poets, pupil of the great Seneca, Nero has bloodied himself grown fat on power Crass, mediocre men the military the secret police now have his ear While he his court give themselves to pleasures increasingly pervNero s secret police believe they have come on the first hints of a plot against the emperor s life Once a promising gifted friend of poets, pupil of the great Seneca, Nero has bloodied himself grown fat on power Crass, mediocre men the military the secret police now have his ear While he his court give themselves to pleasures increasingly perverse dissipated, the secret police close in on or do they foment, or imagine the conspiracy of the men of letters.

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    1. Jane

      Outstanding! Nero's secret police stumble upon what they feel is information pointing to a conspiracy against Nero's life, from bits and pieces of conversation at a literary dinner given by Piso: "The breaking of a dam of some kind. The assumption of a common mind all around. Everyone talking as if no secret police could be present. I was haunted by a feeling that there was some kind of readiness" [from a memo from Paenus, Tribune of Secret Police to Tigellinus, Co-Commander of Praetorians.] Fro [...]

    2. Vicki Cline

      During the latter part of Nero's reign, a number of prominent Romans were implicated in a conspiracy to kill Nero and install Gaius Calpurnius Piso as emperor. Among these were Lucan, a famous poet, and Seneca, a philosopher and Nero's tutor when he was young. This novel is a collection of communications mostly between Tigellinus, the head of the Praetorian Guard and Paenus, a tribune of the Secret Police. Also included are intercepted letters between Seneca and Lucan, who was Seneca's nephew. Q [...]

    3. Andrew

      John Hersey continues to impress me with his writing. He never hits the same subject twice and always has a different style, but every book I have read of his is impressive, smart and enjoyable.In The Conspiracy, Hersey handles historical fiction with a great panache, tackling the Roman emperor Nero. Nero has become corrupt and his secret police think there may a conspiracy to assassinate him among the intelligentsia of Rome. This story is based on a lot of historical documents, and actually did [...]

    4. Sarah

      The Conspiracy is an epistolary novel about the Pisonian conspiracy during the reign of Nero, and in particular it focuses on the Neronian poet Lucan. It's interesting book, to say the least. Lucan is a vivid character, contrarian, impulsive, at times violently emotional and at others introspective and morose. The decadent, almost Wildean style of the Neronian era is portrayed in all of its sumptuous glory, and it is hard not to root for the players in the Pisonian plot.I'm still not sure entire [...]

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