"the dapper, charming Atticus"

The Parthenon in Athens, symbol of Greek triumph and culture
Creative Commons Attribution Share AlikeThe Parthenon in Athens, symbol of Greek triumph and culture - Credit: Kallistos/Wikimedia Commons
 Titus Pomponius Atticus (c. 109-32 BC) was a real historical figure and friend of Cicero. He came from a wealthy equestrian family, and was a philosopher and patron of letters. Due to his epicurean beliefs he did not seek to become involved in politics, and tried to promote friendships rather than rivalries. As a result, he could be a very influential man in Rome. He loved Athens and Greek culture so much that he adopted the name ‘Atticus’ meaning ‘man of Attica’ (Attica was a region of ancient Greece containing Athens). Atticus is said to have written a single book about Cicero as well as several poems, but none of his writing survives. It was Atticus who published the works of Cicero, including his speeches and letters.