Cicero was the philosopher king Plato heralded, for he both wrote a Republic and saved one.
Cicero during his consulship in 69 B.C., overturning a threat to the republic.
Like Cincinnatus -and unlike Caesar- Cicero took the power of dictator (imperium
) only long enough to overturn the threat to the republic: showing that absolute power does not corrupt absolutely. Other famous speeches of this year include his oration on the very first day upon his ascension to the consulship overturning agrarian legislation, the very legislation Caesar would later overturn the republic to achieve.