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date: 28 November 2020

Tullius Cicero, Marcuslocked

, son of Cicero the orator
  • John Percy Vyvian Dacre Balsdon
  •  and M. T. Griffin

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Marcus Tullius Cicero (2), b. 65 bce, son of *Cicero and *Terentia and thirteen years younger than his sister *Tullia(2). He was educated under his father's supervision and taken out to *Cilicia by him in 51. He was an obedient boy and a good soldier but he lacked his father's intellectual gifts. He was a successful cavalry officer in the republican army in 49/8 (Off. 2. 45). Pardoned after *Pharsalus, he held office in the family's home town of *Arpinum. He would have liked to serve under *Caesar in Spain (Att. 12. 7. 1), but instead was sent to Athens in 45 to study under the *Peripatetic Cratippus. Cicero'sDe officiis was written in the form of a letter to his son in 44, and Marcus was serving under *Brutus, who praised him highly (Brut.

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