ophical attitude, while his work under Molon of
Rhodes enabled him to Cultivate a less florid style of oratory than that which
characterized his earlier orations. At Athens he also made the acquaintance of
T. Pomponius Atticus.de Fin. 5.1.
3. Cicero's marriage to Terentia, a woman of some property and of good family,
must have taken place soon after his return to Rome, or just before his
departure from the city.Tullia was betrothed in 66 B.C.
Cf. Att. 1.3.3.
Two years after his return, in 76 B.C., he was quaestor, and had charge of Western Sicily, with Lilybaeum as his headquarters.
His achievements in Sicily made little impression at Rome,pro Plancio, 64, 65. but the intimate
acquaintance which he gained with the island and its people served him in good
stead when he made his first real appearance in politics six years later as the
prosecutor of Verres.
Verres, who had been governor of Sicily from 73 to 71 B.C., was charged
by the Sicilians with extortion and cruelty. Cicero, who