Cicero: The Life and Times of Rome's Greatest Politician Chapter Abstracts for Teachers

Anthony Everitt
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Chapter 1, Fault Lines, The Empire in Crisis, First Century B.C.

• With over one million inhabitants, Rome was having trouble managing its holdings in the First Century, B.C.

• The Roman government included a Senate, two consuls, twenty Quaestors, and eight Praetors.
• Patricians were the aristocratic social class, and the Plebs referred to the people, represented by Tribunes.
• An agricultural crisis and the changing role of the army caused a complex system of government and other problems for the Empire.

Chapter 2, Always Be the Best, My Boy, The Bravest, From Arpinum to Rome, 106-82 B.C.

• Cicero was born in the small town of Arpinum and received the best schooling, especially pertaining to rhetoric.
• Excelling at his academic studies, Cicero decided to become a famous advocate because of the impact he could have on the courts.
• The War of Allies ended and Cicero continued his training in philosophy...

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