Cicero and the Renaissance: Philosophies & Influence


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Who was Marcus Tullius Cicero?

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1. Who rediscovered and verified several of Cicero's works in the fourteenth century?

2. Why did Cicero's Latin attract so much admiration from Renaissance writers and speakers?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz and its corresponding worksheet will help you assess your knowledge of how the Roman scholar Cicero's works and philosophy impacted Renaissance thinkers. Some of the things you'll need to know to pass the quiz include the 14th-century discovery of Cicero's works and the type of education for which Cicero advocated.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

These assessments will test you on the following:

  • Who Cicero was
  • Who rediscovered Cicero's works in the 14th century
  • What Cicero's use of Latin was notable for
  • Which education type Cicero supported
  • How civic humanism is defined

Skills Practiced

  • Critical thinking - apply relevant concepts to examine information about the origins of Renaissance thought in a different light
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained on the life of Cicero
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about Cicero's philosophy and writing

Additional Learning

To learn more about this historical figure, review the corresponding lesson titled Cicero and the Renaissance: Philosophies & Influence. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Learn about who Cicero was
  • Discuss the rediscovery of Cicero's works
  • Explore Petrarca's research on Cicero
  • Discuss Cicero's model Latin
  • Learn how Cicero's principles were applied to Renaissance thought
  • Discuss Cicero's contribution to civic humanism