Marcus Tullius Cicero

Marcus Tullius Cicero (English byname Tully) was a Roman statesman, lawyer, scholar and writer who tried to uphold Republican principles in the final civil wars that destroyed the Roman Republic. His writings include books of rhetoric, orations, philosophical and political treatises and letters. He is remembered in modern times as the greatest Roman orator, and innovator of what became known as Ciceronian rhetoric. Born Jan. 3 106 B.C.E.,died Dec. 7 43 B.C.E.