Cicero was born in the town of Arpinum (about 60 miles south of Rome) to a landed kin, the Tullii. As a child, he was such a swift and good learner that he was heeded by men from all over Rome. He took up many fields of learning, though lead among them was songcraft.
Cicero loved everything Greek, moreso the olden loremen such as Plato, and even said in his will that he wished to be buried in Greekland. He worked as reckoner in western Sicily in 75 BC. He wrote that he saw the gravestone of Archimedes there.