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Marcus Tullius Cicero (January 3, 106 BCE - December 7, 43 BCE) was a Roman statesman, lawyer, political theorist, and philosopher.

There are numerous references to Epicurus and Epicureanism in Cicero's writings. An unwitting compliment to the social inclusiveness of Epicureans towards slaves is found in a letter from Marcus to his brother Quintus, who was governor of the province of Asia at that time:

Aesopi nostri Licinus servus tibi notus Roma Athenas fugit. Is Athenis apud Patronem Epicureum paucos menses pro libero fuit, inde in Asiam abiit.

Licinus --you know him-- one of Aesop's slaves, escaped from Rome, and went to Athens; there he stayed with Patro the Epicurean [probably head of the Garden at that time] as if he were a free man, then departed to Asia [Minor].

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