Marcus Tullius Cicero

(January 3, 106 BC – December 7, 43 BC)

Marcus Tullius Cicero was an orator and statesman of Ancient Rome, and is generally considered the greatest Latin orator and prose stylist.

"It is no exaggeration", wrote Taylor (as cited in "References"), "to say that the most brilliant era of Roman public life was ushered in by Cicero and closed by his death—he stood at its cradle and he followed its hearse."

He was decapitated by his pursuers on December 7, 43 BC; his head and hands were displayed on the Rostra in the Forum Romanum according to the tradition of Marius and Sulla, both of whom had displayed the heads of their enemies in the Forum. He was the only victim of the Triumvirate's proscriptions to have been so displayed after death. According to Plutarch, Antony's wife Fulvia took Cicero's head, pulled out his tongue, and jabbed the tongue repeatedly with her hatpin, taking a final revenge against Cicero's power of speech.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.


Cicero 01

Cicero 01
In men of the highest chartacter and noblest genius there is to be found an insatiable desire for honor, command, power, and glory.

Cicero 02

Cicero 02
Wise men are instructed by reason; men less understanding, by experience; the most ignorant by necessity, the beasts by nature.

Cicero 03

Cicero 03
By doubting we come to truth.

Cicero 04

Cicero 04
It is not by muscle, speed, or physical dexterity that great things are achieved, but by reflection, force of character, and judgment.


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