Cicero's Greatest Statesmen And Orator In The Roman Republic

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Cicero is viewed as a man with many talents and passions. He was one of the greatest statesmen and orator in the Roman Republic along with his involvement in the courts as a lawyer. When not involved in politics and the courts he was involved with scholarly writing. These writing included the topics on orations, rhetoric, and political philosophy. He shared a view with Aristotle in that the statesmanship and the pursuit of knowledge were the highest callings for those who have the talent to pursue them and as a true Roman, he never lost his desire for public honor and never relinquished his conviction that a life of public service was the course that has always been followed by the best men.(CS 17) Cicero full Roman name was Marcus Tullius Cicero. He was born on January 3, 106 BC in the municipium of Arpinum on his father’s large estate. Also in 106 BC the famous Roman military leader, who was later involved with Cicero in politics. His father, who also had the name Marcus, was a man of considerable wealth and had a cultured taste. His father was probably responsible for Cicero’s elementary education, which included reading, writing, and the basics of law. This knowledge of the laws was so…show more content…
His writings can be separated into three main groups letters, speeches, and philosophy. Some 900 letters survive, and are divided into four different collections. The majority of these letters were writing to his good friend Atticus and are collected into 16 books. There are another 16 books of letters written to other various friends. Cicero also produced and wrote many speeches for the courts and the Senate house. He used these speeches to promote his political goals. A lot can be learned from these speeches as they dealt most with the his cases in the courts, which were some high points in his successful career. His writings on philosophy was an important section to give us insight into his views and
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