Marcus Tullius Cicero, a Roman philosopher, lawyer and orator, completes De re publica, political work in the format of a Socratic dialogue


Roman Republic


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Scipio. —You are aware, that scarcely four centuries have elapsed, since our own city Rome lost her kings. Lœlius. —You are correct, it is scarcely four centuries. Scipio. —Well then, what are four centuries in the age of a state or city—is it a long duration? Lælius. —It hardly amounts to the age of maturity. Scipio. —You say truly, and yet not four centuries have elapsed since there was a king in Rome. Lælius. —Aye, but that was Tarquinius Superbus, the infamous. Scipio. —But who was his predecessor? Lælius. —He was Servius Tullius, who was admirably just, and, indeed, we must bestow the same praise on all his predecessors, even to our founder Romulus, who reigned about six centuries ago. Scipio. —Even he is not very ancient. Lælius. —No, he reigned, when Greece was already ageing.

De re publica by Cicero