"I was going to be another Achilles, albeit of the law courts rather than the battlefield."

Achilles Fights Memnon at Troy, Black Figure Vase
Public DomainAchilles Fights Memnon at Troy, Black Figure Vase - Credit: Bibi Saint-Pol/Wikimedia Commons
 Achilles was a famous Greek hero who was renowned for his strength and skill in battle. He was given the choice of an easy, happy life after which he would eventually die a nobody, or an early death in the Trojan War that would win him everlasting fame and glory. He chose the latter. This is perhaps Cicero’s way of saying that he, too, chooses everlasting fame over the easy life.

Ajax Carrying the Body of Achilles, Black Figure Vase
Public DomainAjax Carrying the Body of Achilles, Black Figure Vase - Credit: Marie-Lan Nguyen/Wikimedia Commons
 
Achilles Ambushes Troilos, Black Figure Vase
Public DomainAchilles Ambushes Troilos, Black Figure Vase - Credit: Bibi Saint-Pol/Wikimedia Commons