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Marcus Tullius Tiro

57. Tiro, the slave and freedman, deserves a place among the members of Cicero's family because of the intimate terms upon which he lived with all the members of it. He was his master's secretary and accompanied him wherever he went. Cicero's affection for him is evident from the letters of Bk. 16, ad Fam., most of which are letters written to Tiro by Cicero. He was a man of cultivation, and his criticism was of great service to Cicero, who writes to him: tu, qui κανὼν esse meorum scriptorum soles.1 He did some independent literary work in writing a life of his patron,2 in making a collection of his witticisms,3 and in editing a collection of stenographical abbreviations. He apparently wrote some tragedies also.4

1 Fam. 16.17.1.

2 Plut. Cic. 49.

3 Quint. 6.3.5.

4 Fam. 16.18.3.

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