Tuesday, January 03, 2012

Cicero's Birth


On this day in 106 B.C., the Roman orator and statesman Marcus Tullius Cicero was born in Arpinum, the son of an equestrian. Cicero was a major figure in politics during the age of Caesar. He became consul in 63 during which year he put down the Conspiracy of Catiline. He was later exiled for his heavy-handedness in executing the Roman conspirators without trial. He ran into trouble again after the assassination of Julius Caesar by supporting the losing side against the triumvirate, Mark Antony, Octavian (Augustus), and Lepidus. He was executed in 43.

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