Selected Works Setting & Symbolism

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Rome

The capital city of the Roman republic and then the Roman Empire. Cicero spent much of his life there.

The Tusculum

Cicero's home city, which is today Alban Hills in Latium in Italy.

The Senate

The Roman Senate within the Roman Republic. Cicero was a famous member of the Senate until its dissolution.

The Courtroom

The Roman courtroom was where Cicero prosecuted Verres.

Verres's Plot

Verres had a plot to buy his acquittal that Cicero exposed to the jury.

Cicero's Letters

Cicero wrote over eight-hundred letters in his life, twenty-four of which are reprinted in Chapter 2.

The First Triumvirate

Julius Caesar did not destroy the Roman Senate overnight. He first formed a triumvirate which he initially invited Cicero to join. Cicero declined leading to his political exile. The Triumvirate came to include Caesar, Crassus and Magnus. It lasted from 60 B.C. to 53 B.C. when Crassus died...

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