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With this classic book, Sir Ronald Syme became the first historian of the twentieth century to place Sallust—whom Tacitus called the most brilliant Roman historian—in his social, political, and literary context. Scholars had considered Sallust to be a mere political hack or pamphleteer, but Syme's text makes important connections between the politics of the Republic and the literary achievement of the author to show Sallust as a historian unbiased by partisanship.
In a new foreword, Ronald Mellor delivers one of the most thorough biographical essays of Sir Ronald Syme in English. He both places the book in the context of Syme's other works and details the progression of Sallustian studies since and as a result of Syme's work.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780520234796
  • Publisher: University of California Press
  • Publication date: 6/5/2002
  • Series: Sather Classical Lectures Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 433
  • Sales rank: 1,011,568
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.13 (d)

Meet the Author

One of the most distinguished Roman historians, Sir Ronald Syme (1903-1989) was Camden Professor of Ancient History at Oxford University. His books include Tacitus (1958) and The Roman Revolution (1939).
In addition to numerous awards and honors, he collected honorary degrees in eleven countries on five continents. Ronald Mellor is Professor of History at the University of California, Los Angeles. He is the author of several books on Roman history, including The Roman Historians (1999), Tacitus: The Classical Heritage (1995), Tacitus (1993), and From Augustus to Nero: The First Dynasty of Imperial Rome (ed. 1990)

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Table of Contents

Foreword to the Paperback Edition
Sir Ronald Syme: Life and Scholarship (1903-1989)
I The Problem 1
II Sallust's Antecedents 5
III The Political Scene 16
IV Sallust's Career 29
V From Politics to History 43
VI The Bellum Catilinae 60
VII The Credulity of Sallust 83
VIII Caesar and Cato 103
IX Sallust's Purpose 121
X The Bellum Jugurthinum: Warfare 138
XI The Bellum Jugurthinum: Politics 157
XII The Historiae 178
XIII The Time of Writing 214
XIV History and Style 240
XV The Fame of Sallust 274
App. I The Evolution of Sallust's Style 305
App. II The False Sallust 313
Bibliography 355
Index of Personal Names 367
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