Marcus Tullius Cicero: A Look into the Role of Rome's Greatest Orator During the Decline and Fall of the Roman Republic

44 Pages Posted: 23 Feb 2009

Date Written: March 31, 2006

Abstract

Cicero was a man of ideals. During his whole life, he strived for only the best that he could produce and the best that his fatherland could produce. He was somewhat disillusioned by the end of his life for the Republic of the Scipios was no longer.

The man who believed that the Republic would live forever had faltered. He saw, with the Sullan proscriptions and the formation of the first triumvirate, two events that foreshadowed the downfall of the Roman Republic. Cicero was a man of principle, a man who believed that good, honest, just, and virtuous men could save the State. The problem, though, was that no man would step up and become one of the next "gods" among men, a man that would look from the heavens as the Scipios now overlooked Cicero and the sad state that he was forced to experience during its greatest time of conflict and treachery.

Keywords: Cicero, orations

Suggested Citation

Vanderlaan, Albert William, Marcus Tullius Cicero: A Look into the Role of Rome's Greatest Orator During the Decline and Fall of the Roman Republic (March 31, 2006). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1347815 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1347815

Albert William Vanderlaan (Contact Author)

Gunderson Dettmer, LLP ( email )

850 Winter Street
Waltham, MA 02451
United States

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