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Cicero

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Author(s): Müller, Gernot Michael
( Marcus Tullius Cicero; Greek Κικέρων/ Kikérōn) A. Historical dimension Marcus Tullius C., renowned author, orator and politician of the late Roman Republic (106–43 BC), was born in Arpinum in southern Latium. Through his father's connections, he received his education at Rome from the foremost orators (Lucius Licinius Crassus and Marcus Antonius) and jurists of the day (Mucius Scaevola Augur and Mucius Scaevola Pontifex). He achieved his first successes as a lawyer with his defence of Quincti…
Date: 2016-02-22

Marcus Aurelius

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Author(s): Müller, Gernot Michael
( Imperator Caesar Marcus Aurelius Antoninus Augustus; Greek Μάρκος Αὐρήλιος/ Márkos Aurḗlios) A. Historical dimension The Roman emperor Marcus Aurelius (AD 121–180, reigned 161–180) was born Marcus Annius Verus in Rome, and his grandfather adopted him after the early death of his father. As son of a senator, he received a solid education in language and literature, but was also taught painting. His teacher, Diognetus, is said to have kindled his interest in philosophy. At the age of twelve, he the…
Date: 2016-02-22