Cicero, Marcus Tullius
(9,406 words)

b. 3 January 106 BC in Arpinum;

murdered near Formiae on 7 December 43 BC;

distinguished Roman orator, politician and writer.


The large œuvre comprises letters (epistulae), orations (orationes; of ca. 100 attested speeches 58 are still extant; some only in fragments), as well as philosophical and rhetorical writings (philosophica and rhetorica); remnants of poetry (poetica) are also preserved.


Epistulae: Relatively few manuscripts transmit Cicero’s letters; the trad…

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Binder, Vera, “Cicero, Marcus Tullius”, in: Brill’s New Pauly Supplements I - Volume 2 : Dictionary of Greek and Latin Authors and Texts, Edited by: Manfred Landfester, in collaboration with Brigitte Egger. Consulted online on 23 February 2019 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: 9789004167834, 20090831

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