Marcus Tullius Cicero (106-43), is the most prominent figure in the history of the last years of the republic. Born in an obscure country town, his family of the middle class only, without the prestige of wealth or noble birth, brought into contact with some of the greatest men Rome ever produced, --- Sulla, Caesar, Pompeius, Antonius, Octavianus, --- aided only by his natural talent, high ambition, and tireless industry, he left a name remarkably free from moral reproach, prominent in politics, incomparable in literature, the second, if not the first, in oratory.
-Harold W. Johnston, Selected Orations & Letters of Cicero. Scott, Foresman & Co., 1902.
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