The article presents the results of the literary and pedagogical analysis of the two
Cicero’s works “On the Laws” and “On Duties”, which shed light on the civic ideal
of the author and the ways to achieve it. The ability of the individual to define his
own path of life and path of education, telling at the same time the right from the
wrong, is considered one of the features of Cicero’s ideal citizen. The importance
of Cicero’s pedagogical ideas grows due to the transformation of the value component
of civic consciousness that is taking place in the modern society.