Life of Cicero w. Dr Gesine Manuwald

Marcus Tullius Cicero (Cicero) is one of the most talked about, and cited, figures from the Roman Republic. Professor of Latin, Department of Greek & Latin, University College London, Dr Gesine Manuwald, joins the show to discuss what’s known about his life.

Some topics explored

  • The extent of his writing (i.e., corpus)
  • When and where he was born
  • His early life, including his education and type of family he was born into
  • What areas of life he wrote about
  • The Latin concept of homo novus (in English, translated to “new man”)
  • Why being a lawyer or politician was important in Rome
  • The political area of his life
  • His practice of law
  • His marital status and number of children
  • Friendships during his career, including Titus Pomponius Atticus
  • His influence on the Latin language, in particular Classical Latin
  • His writings on political theory
  • A conspiracy against him, and his choice to go into exile for about eighteen months
  • His death
  • The influences his writing has had on posterity

Listen to the episode

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Show Notes

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