Marcvs T Cicero

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Who was M T Cicero?

Marcus Tullius Cicero (January 3, 106 BC – December 7, 43 BC); was a Roman philosopher, statesman, lawyer, political theorist, and Roman constitutionalist.

He was an impressive orator and a successful lawyer, but he believed that his political career was his most important achievement. He is recognised for his philosophical and political writings and he left behind a mass of correspondence, much of it addressed to his friend Atticus.

Cornelius Nepos, the biographer of Atticus, remarked that Cicero’s letters contained such a wealth of detail “concerning the inclinations of leading men, the faults of the generals, and the revolutions in the government” that their reader had little need for a history of the period. Cicero’s speeches and letters remain some of the most important surviving primary sources covering the last days of the Roman Republic.

During the turbulent and chaotic final half of the 1st (last?) century BC, which was marked by civil wars and the dictatorship of Gaius Julius Caesar, Cicero championed a return to the traditional republican government.

However, his career as a statesman was marked by contradictions and inconsistencies and a tendency to shift his position in response to changes in the political climate

Cicero became an enemy of Mark Antony, attacking him in a series of speeches. He was proscribed as an enemy of the state by the Second Triumvirate and subsequently murdered in 43 BC.