Sallust's Bellum Catilinae

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  • Edition: 2nd
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2007-01-27
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press

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In his Bellum Catilinae, C. Sallustius Crispus or Sallust (86-35/34 B.C.) recounts the dramatic events of 63 B.C., when a disgruntled and impoverished nobleman, L. Sergius Catilina, turned to armed revolution after two electoral defeats. Among his followers were a group of heavily indebted young aristocrats, the Roman poor, and a military force in the north of Italy. With his trademark archaizing style, Sallust skillfully captures the drama of the times, including an early morning attempt to assassinate the consul Cicero and two emotionally charged speeches, by Julius Caesar and Cato the Younger, in a senatorial debate over the fate of the arrested conspirators. Sallust wrote while the Roman Republic was being transformed into an empire during the turbulent first century B.C. The Bellum Catilinae is well-suited for second-year or advanced Latin study and provides a fitting introduction to the richness of Latin literature, while also pointing the way to a critical investigation of late-Republican government and historiography. Ramsey's introduction and commentary bring the text to life for Latin students. This new edition includes two maps and two city plans, an updated and now annotated bibliography, a list of divergences from the 1991 Oxford Classical Text of Sallust, and revisions in the introduction and commentary.

Author Biography

J.T. Ramsey is Professor of Classics, University of Chicago

Table of Contents

Maps and PlansList of Divergences from OCT Edition
Life of Sallust
Date of Birth
Family and Boyhood
Political Career
Service under Caesar
Retirement from Public Life
The Writings of Sallust
The Genuine Works
Time of Writing
Sallust's Contribution to Roman Histiography
State of Roman Historiography before Sallust
Choice of TopicSources of the Bellum Catilinae
Sallust's Style
Influence of Thucydides
Debt of Cato
Sallustian Traits: Brevity, Vocabulary, Grammar and Syntax, Inconcinnitas
The Textual Tradition
Summary of the Catilinarian Conspiracy
Structure of the Bellum Catilinae
Variations from the Texts of Ernout and Kurfess
Catilinae's Birth Date and Early Career
Evidence for the "First Catilinarian Conspiracy"
Selected Biography
Texts and Commentaries
Books and Articles
Index Nominum
Index Rerum
Index Verborum
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