In this, as in other respects, he was a precursor of Protestantism.
In his literary spirit he is a precursor of the humanists of the Renaissance.
The only extant prose work which may be assigned to the end of this period is the treatise on rhetoric known by the title Ad Herennium (c. 84) a work indicative of the attention bestowed on prose style and rhetorical studies during the last century of the republic, and which may be regarded as a precursor of the oratorical treatises of Cicero and of the work of Quintilian.
So far he may be fairly called the precursor of later utilitarianism.
Lifting her in his strong arms the way she had come to recognize as a precursor to lovemaking, he headed for their bedroom.