On this day in 43 BCE, Marcus Tullius Cicero, Roman orator and politician, was assassinated.

In this podcast, Dominic Berry, translator of Cicero’s Defence Speeches, talks about Cicero’s inauspicious beginnings and early life. For more on Cicero, his life and time, listen to the full Oxford World’s Classics audio guide.

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Image credit: Marcus Tullius Cicero, by Bertel Thorvaldsen as copy from roman original, in Thorvaldsens Museum, Copenhagen, by Gunnar Bach Pedersen, via Wikimedia Commons.


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