Publication Date

Spring 5-9-2020

Subject Area

Section 5: The Times that Try Men's Souls: Navigating a Crisis


This essay looks at the life of Cicero, focusing on his actions towards the end of the Roman Republic and his relationship with Octavian. The paper follows his rise to fame and power, then his actions during the chaotic civil wars of 1st century BC and the dictatorship of Julius Caesar, then finally the post-Caesar era and Cicero's eventual death. It focuses especially on his interactions with Octavian, and the unfortunate ending of their friendship.

About the Author

Grady Moore is a senior History major from Charlotte, North Carolina with minors in French and Spanish. After graduating, he plans on enlisting in the Navy and eventually attending law school.

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