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Titus Pomponius Atticus
Titus Pomponius Atticus (110 BC/109 BC – 32 BC). Pomponius was a Roman Patron of letters, knight and is considered the closest friend to Roman Orator Marcus Tullius Cicero. He was born and educated in Rome. As he was growing up, he was educated with Cicero, along with Younger Marius.
His father was a man of equestrian rank, descended from an ancient, noble and wealthy family. His parents died when he was young. His maternal uncle Servilius and maternal grandmother Caecilia raised him and sister Pomponia.
As a young man, he travelled to Athens. He became wealthy through various family inheritants and purchases of properties. In Athens he lived between 85 BC – 65 BC to avoid the political conflict in Rome. He was interested in philosophy and literature. He supported Cicero, in publishing his works and had various slaves bookbinding and printing Cicero's work.
We know his family name is Pomponius, however the given surname Atticus ‘Man of Attica’ was given to him, by the Athenians. The ancient sources don't mention his parent's name. After he returned to Rome, he stayed away from politics. Although he had various conservative views, he often shared those views with Cicero.
Around this time, his uncle had passed away. He had become his adopted son and assumed the name Titus Servilius Pomponianus. In his later years, he married a great-grand daughter of the Triumvir Crassus. She had borne him a son of the same name (little of known of him) and a daughter Caecilia Attica. Caecilia became the first wife to Marcus Vipsanius Agrippa.
In 32 BC, he died of natural causes in Rome. Pomponius loved his family, was a humble person, who had a very positive outlook of life and became popular among his peers.
His only sibling was elder sister Pomponia.
Most of this information is from the Roman Historian Cornelius Nepos.
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