previous next
[2] And so during the first part of his time at Rome1 he conducted himself with caution, was reluctant to sue for office, and was therefore neglected, being called ‘Greek’ and ‘Scholar,’ those names which the low and ignorant classes at Rome were wont to give so readily. But he was naturally ambitious and was urged on by his father and his friends, and so when he gave himself in earnest to the work of an advocate, he did not advance slowly to the primacy, but his fame shone forth at once, and he far surpassed those who strove with him for distinction in the forum.

1 Cicero returned to Rome in 77 B.C., being in his thirtieth year.

Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 United States License.

An XML version of this text is available for download, with the additional restriction that you offer Perseus any modifications you make. Perseus provides credit for all accepted changes, storing new additions in a versioning system.

load focus Greek (Bernadotte Perrin, 1919)
hide Display Preferences
Greek Display:
Arabic Display:
View by Default:
Browse Bar: