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Cicero was truly a man of the state His writings also show us he was equally a man of philosophical temperament and affluence Yet at times these two forces within Cicero clash and contradict with the early stoic teachings Cicero gradually adopted the stoic lifestyle but not altogether entirely and this is somewhat due to the fact of what it was like to be a roman of the time The morals of everyday Rome conflicted with some of the stoic ideals that were set by early stoicism Thus Cicero changed the face of stoicism by romanizing it redefining stoicism into the middle phase Of Cicero it can be said he possessed a bias towards roman life and doctrine For Cicero every answer lay within Rome itself from the ideal governing body to the place of divination Cicero does not offer any alternate answers to roman society which robs him of being truly a unique and bold political philosopher This is not to say however some of his doctrines are untrue just that he is somewhat blinded by his roman beliefs and assumptions The assumptions of Cicero can be noticed when one inspects his view of the ideal governing body which he expresses through Scipio in the commonwealth Although Cicero presents very convincing arguments for a Composite government clearly his view is possibly only due towards his belief in the roman structure of government1 Cicero was limited to roman borders of experience and this point was best illustrated by his disagreement with Aristotles writings on the decay of states Cicero was unable to think on the level of Aristotles logic He quite simply used roman history as a mapping of the paths of the decay of states In contrast Aristotle understood the underlying forces and influences that transpired when a state degraded Cicero quite frankly could not understand the forces which Aristotle so eloquently denoted For Cicero history offered the only possible paths of outcomes the
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