Cicero (Marcus Tullius, 106-43 BCE), Roman lawyer, orator, politician and philosopher, of whom we know more than of any other Roman, lived through the stirring era which saw the rise, dictatorship, and death of Julius Caesar in a tottering republic. In his political speeches especially and in his correspondence we see the excitement, tension and intrigue of politics and the part he played in the turmoil of the time. Of about 106 speeches, delivered before the Roman people or the Senate if they were political, before jurors if judicial, 58 survive (a few of them incompletely). In the fourteenth century Petrarch and other Italian humanists discovered manuscripts containing more than 900 letters of which more than 800 were written by Cicero and nearly 100 by others to him. These afford a revelation of the man all the more striking because most were not written for publication. Six rhetorical works survive and another in fragments. Philosophical works include seven extant major compositions and a number of others; and some lost. There is also poetry, some original, some as translations from the Greek. The Loeb Classical Library edition of Cicero is in twenty-nine volumes.… (more)
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Als ich mich endlich von meiner Arbeit als Verteidiger vor Gericht und von den Pflichten als Senator ganz oder doch zum größten Teil befreit sah, da kehrte ich - vor allem auf deine Mahnung hin, Brutus - zu jenen Studien zurück, die ich im Geist zwar festgehalten, unter dem Zwang der Umstände aber zurückgestellt hatte und die während langer Zeit liegen geblieben waren.
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A: Anser du meg som så forrykt at jeg skulle tro på slike eventyr? M: Du tror altså ikke på dem? A: Absolutt ikke. M: Det var virkelig trist. A: Hvorfor det? M: Fordi jeg kunne vært så veltalende hvis jeg skulle ha talt mot slike eventyr.
Undertiden - men sjelden - kan det tillates for en mann å stønne; å hyle, ikke engang for en kvinne.
Theodoros sa til Lysimakhos som truet ham med døden: 'Du får sannelig utrettet noe stort hvis du har fått samme makt som en giftflue.'