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Cicero and the Roman Republic Video Transcript A nighttime view of the exterior of the U.S. Capitol building is shown. The words U.S. Capitol, Washington, D.C. appear at the bottom of the screen. NARRATOR: The concept of separation of powers, checks and balances, a republic, the rule of law—all key elements of democracy in the United States and around the world, that were inspired by the Roman Republic. Flags are shown that represent 16 countries, including the United States. NARRATOR: Its greatest champion was Marcus Tulius Cicero, a lawyer and politician in ancient Rome. A bust of Marcus Tulius Cicero is shown. The narrator reads a quote that appears on the screen. The words Civis Romanus sum appear below what is read. NARRATOR: “I am a Roman citizen,” he wrote. For Cicero that meant championing the idea of the Roman Republic, a form of government where power is held by the people, not an emperor, king, or queen, or a military ruler. A scene shows people walking around a communal outdoor space in Rome. The narrator reads another quote that appears on the screen. The words Cedant arma togae. Appear beneath the quote on the screen. NARRATOR: “Let the soldier yield to the civilian,” Cicero said. “A republic is the people’s property.” The words Res publica res est populi appear below the second quote. An outdoor sunset is shown over a city. The words Palatine Hill, Rome appear at the bottom of the image. NARRATOR: Cicero argued for the ideals of a republic in hundreds of written works— books, letters, essays, and speeches.
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