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Marcus Tullius Cicero
Marcus Tullius Cicero (106-43 BCE) was born at Arpinum in Italy. He was well-respected as an orator, lawyer and politician. Primarily influenced by Stoicism, he was publically vehement against the doctrines of Epicureanism. Cicero wrote works in all branches of philosophy, most notably in logic, physics and ethics. His main focus as a man of the community was to help citizens of Rome in their quest for virtue. He believed that the most valuable man used knowledge and rhetoric to guide himself and those who listen to him through the affairs of life. Cicero's ideal man was eloquent and learned, each of these qualities being useless without the other. Though Cicero was important in the Roman world, most of his works are interpretations based on earlier Greek ideas and texts.
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