Conspiracy of Catiline by Sallust

Conspiracy of Catiline by Sallust

by Sallust
     
 

Gaius Sallustius Crispus, or Sallust (86 BC – 35 BC), was a Roman politician historian living during the Civil War between Pompey the Great and Julius Caesar. A popularis, Sallust opposed Pompey’s party and the aristocratic classes in Rome throughout his life as a writer. Sallust also became a Quaestor in 55 and a Tribune in 52.

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Gaius Sallustius Crispus, or Sallust (86 BC – 35 BC), was a Roman politician historian living during the Civil War between Pompey the Great and Julius Caesar. A popularis, Sallust opposed Pompey’s party and the aristocratic classes in Rome throughout his life as a writer. Sallust also became a Quaestor in 55 and a Tribune in 52.

His politics and advocacy of Caesar put him at odds with other famous Romans like Cicero. But being Caesar’s friend had its advantages. In 46 he served as a praetor and accompanied Caesar in his African campaign, which ended in the decisive defeat of the remains of the Pompeian war party at Thapsus. As a reward for his services, Sallust gained appointment as governor of the province of Africa Nova.
Sallust's Conspiracy of Catiline uses history as a vehicle for his judgment on the degradations of of Roman morality and politics over time. In that regard, Sallust was one of the first ancient historians to actually offer analysis of events rather than a simple retelling of just the facts. The ancient world admired him for it: Sallust drew praise from the historian Tacitus, and Quintilian compared him favorably with Thucydides.

The Conspiracy of Catiline takes place in the year 63 B.C., with the work looking at the conspiracy of Catiline, who was accused of attempting to overthrow the Roman Republic.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940012959072
Publisher:
Charles River Editors
Publication date:
06/05/2011
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
1 MB

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