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Lustrum (novel)

First edition cover
First edition cover
Author Robert Harris.
Country United Kingdom
Language English
Genre Historical novel
Publisher Hutchinson
Publication date
8 October 2009
Media type Print (Hardback)
Pages 464 pp (first edition, hardback)
ISBN ISBN 0-09-180100-1 (first edition, hardback)
Preceded by Imperium

Lustrum (US: Conspirata; 2009) is a historical novel by British author Robert Harris. It is the sequel to Imperium and the middle volume of a trilogy about the life of Cicero (106–43 BC). For its 2010 release in the United States, and Italy, it was retitled Conspirata.

The book continues in the format of the first novel, with the story told in the first-person from the point of view of Cicero's secretary Tiro. It follows on immediately from Imperium, starting with the beginning of Cicero's consulship and ending with his exile as a result of the enmity of Clodius.

The novel was shortlisted for the 2010 Walter Scott Prize.[1][2]


  • 2009, UK, Hutchinson (ISBN 0-09-180100-1), Pub date 8 October 2009, hardback (First edition)


  1. ^ "Mantel's Wolf Hall wins inaugural Walter Scott Prize for historical novels",, 20 June 2010
  2. ^ "Booker rivals clash again on Walter Scott prize shortlist", The Guardian, 2 Apr 2010

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