Friday, December 28, 2012

Cicero in Sicily

Anybody who thinks that Sicilian government is corrupt today should have seen it in the days of Cicero. Appointed to an administrative post in western Sicily, the jurist made his name as Rome's greatest orator during his prosecution of the corrupt Verres, an incredibly greedy governor of the Roman province of Sicily.

In the process, he all but destroyed the career of Verres' mediocre lawyer - until then considered Rome's best.

It so happens that Cicero's distinctive surname was based on his wealthy family's cultivation of the ceci, or chickpea. That's the focus of our chickpea article.

Read about both in the January issue of our Sicily magazine.

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