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Cicero was a name that kept cropping up in books about Julius Caesar, the Christian Meier book is good. He seemed to be a good man - he supported democracy (in as much as the elite should be able to vote) and believed in helping one's fellow man (he was even nice to his slaves!?!). This book is a selection of writings that gives a flavour to the man. He was a thinker but not profoundly original. He writes a moving letter to his son (who he never saw again before he died) - the tender encouragments that he gives would be quite at home in the 21st century. He describes the depravity of Mark Anthony in hilarious detail (vomiting in the Senate etc). He writes on the benefits of old age (he was old when he wrote it and me thinks he protests too much!).
This is a book that is worth reading. You will come away with a better feel for a great name from ancient times.