The statesman and orator Marcus Tullius Cicero (106-43 BC) was the Roman equivalent of a corporate lawyer. His career suggests the political ambitions of the equites. They desired three things: (a) promotion of their business interests by the government; (b) protection against any attempts of the poor to have debts canceled; (c) admission to the higher political offices and the Senate.

The Chickpea

Tullius Cicero,
Known for his speeches and
Milo's defense,
Crushed Catiline, but
Lost in the end and been
Famed ever since.

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