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Some Information on Marcus Tullius Cicero

on October 10, 2012

    … the Lord doth grant unto all nations, of their own nation and tongue, to teach his word, yea, in wisdom, all that he seeth fit that they should have; therefore we see that the Lord doth counsel in wisdom, according to that which is just and true. (Alma 29:8)

The Lord teaches each nation the truths that nation is willing to learn.

So far as we know, Romans did not get a chance to learn of the atoning sacrifice of our Savior until after the Lord’s resurrection. A few generations before that time, some Romans wanted to know some truth and the Lord responded by raising up “of their own nation and tongue” a man named Marcus Tullius Cicero. We have no sign that Cicero ever had any priesthood so it would be an exaggeration to label him a prophet, but we have already quoted some of Cicero’s teachings that show he was an inspired teacher and we have thanked Doctor W. Cleon Skousen, author of The Five Thousand Year Leap for exposing us to the teachings of Cicero.

The only Roman political writer who has exercised enduring influence throughout the ages is Cicero (103-43 B.C.) Cicero studied Law in Roman, and philosophy in Athens…. He became the leading lawyer of his time and also rose to the highest office of state [Roman Consul].
…Yet his life was not free of sadness; only five years after he held the highest office in Rome, the consulate, he found himself in exile for a year.
…Cicero nevertheless showed considerable moral courage in opposing the drift toward dictatorship based on popular support. Caesar [the potential dictator] was assassinated in 44 B.C. and a year later, 43 B.C., Cicero was murdered by the henchmen of Antony, one of the three members of the triumvirate that was set up after Caesar’s death. (quoted in Skousen, The Five Thousand Year Leap. P 38)

We introduce you to an ancient Roman leader, Cicero, to point out that truths of value to citizens of the United States in the twenty-first century are available from classical Greco-Roman republicanism.  It is a pity that most modern Americans have only heard of Romans under the rule of tyrannical emperors, the period of Roman history after Cicero’s assassination and the fall of the Roman Republic. The Romans we meet in the New Testament are people who have lost the freedom and self-government their ancestors had. Doctor Skousen tells us that Cicero was the main expositor for our Founding Fathers of the idea that the law of the land should conform to moral standards that do not depend on the will of any person or group but instead depend on the will of the creator of heaven and Earth.

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