Marcus Tullius Cicero (106 BC - 43 BC) was a Roman statesman, writer, philosopher, barrister, and magistrate. Born to a wealthy Equestrian family in Arpinium (now Arpino) sixty miles from Rome, Cicero's was an important and well-connected family. His wealth and social status allowed him to receive a good eduction, mastering both Greek and Latin. He worked as an attorney, but is best known for introducing Greek philosophy to the Roman world, as well as inventing Latin terms for Greek philosophical ideas. At the age of 31, Cicero embarked on a career of public service, achieving the office of Consul by age 43. During the time of Second Triumvirate, Cicero was proscribed and killed. His severed head was displayed in the Forum, where (according to one story), Mark Antony's wife Fulvia jabbed its tongue with her hairpin to demonstrate her disdain for his oratorical skills.
Composed of two parts, "Brutus" and "The Orator," Cicero discusses the lives of several famous Roman orators through a dialogue with Brutus and Atticus.
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