The most significant events in the history of books on the 7th of December
43 BC: Cicero is assassinated. As well as being an influential orator and writer, Cicero rose to be a hugely powerful statesman in Rome, and he clashed with the consul, Mark Antony, who declared Cicero an enemy of the state. Before Cicero could leave Rome, he was set upon and killed by two men. As well as his speeches he wrote a huge number of treatises on various political subjects.