Marcus Tullius Cicero, known simply as Cicero (pronounced in Classical Latin as kikero, thanks to the use of hard c’s at the time), was a prodigious lawyer, orator, politician, philosopher, and poet in Ancient Rome. He lived from 106 BC to 43 BC, and was a major player in the late Roman Republic. He was born into the lower of the two Roman aristocratic classes, called the equites (the highest aristocratic class being the patricians), and was the son of a successful and well-connected father in a little town called Arpinum, about 100 kilometres southeast of Rome.

Cicero was brought up learning Greek and Latin, as was customary education for all cultured Romans of the time. He excelled at translating Greek philosophies into Latin, thus making them available to a larger audience, and his impressive learning was noticed by those all over Rome. His extensive learning and excellent education allowed him to be associated with the Roman elite (the kind of people who could definitely have benefited from a party bus rental service), and ultimately gave him the opportunity to study law under one Quintus Mucius Scaevola.

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