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The Life of Cicero Marcus Tullius Cicero was not just an ordinary man he one of the best philosophers in history But he was much more than just a philosopher Cicero was an orator lawyer and a politician His life coincided with the decline and fall of the Roman Republic and he was an important actor in many of the significant political events of his time Clayton Cicero was born on January 3 106 BC at Arpinum a city sixty miles southeast of Rome Gill He placed politics above everything else At that time people in upper-class families that had been in politics for many generations held most of the political offices However Ciceros ancestry didnt consist of politics and didnt have that much wealth either But Cicero had a great deal of political ambitions Clayton Since he didnt have the advantages of proper ancestry Cicero only had two career options open to him the military or law Clayton Grewal 2 The first one was military Cicero chose military as a career because success in military could lead to popularity and therefore politics even though he hated war Clayton Cicero served under Sulla in 89 BC but apparently he was no soldier Beck Cicero served in the military only for a short period of time The second career was law According to Clayton of Central Michigan University Cicero chose law for several different reasons First a lawyer would gain a great deal of experience making speeches Second he could also gain exposure and popularity to high-profile cases Finally a successful lawyer would build up a network of political connections which was really important in Ciceros time Cicero was an outstanding lawyer and orator Because of his success he was elected to the Roman offices Ciceros dream of becoming a politician was finally coming true for him There were four offices in the Roman government which include quaestor aedile praestor and consul consul being the
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