Marcus Tullius Cicero (3 January 106 BC – 7 December 43 BC)
Before Cavanagh QC, before Matlock, before Perry Mason, there was Cicero, one of the greatest orators in history. He more-or-less invented the attacking closing address, pointing the finger at real culprits whilst fiercely defending his clients.
Lawyers inevitably stray into politics, with varying degrees of success: Cicero repeatedly condemned Marc Anthony as far worse than Catiline. It cost him both his head and his hands – even his tongue was ripped away, a symbol of the power of his words.
He went to his death calmly, like a true Roman of the Republic. Nos autem beatam vitam in animi securitate et in omnium vacatione munerum ponimus (a happy life is a tranquil mind.)
Dum spiro, spero – while I breathe, I hope.
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