Sallusts Bellum Catilinae

Paperback | February 10, 2007

EditorJ. T. Ramsey

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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 indebtedyoung 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 Catothe 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 bringthe 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.

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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 indebtedyoung aristocrats, the Roman poor, and a milita...

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

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:280 pages, 6.1 × 9.09 × 0.79 inPublished:February 10, 2007Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0195320859

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Maps and PlansList of Divergences from OCT EditionINTRODUCTIONI. Life of SallustDate of BirthFamily and BoyhoodPolitical CareerService under CaesarRetirement from Public LifeII. The Writings of SallustThe Genuine WorksTime of WritingIII. Sallust's Contribution to Roman HistiographyState of Roman Historiography before SallustChoice of TopicSources of the BELLUM CATILINAEIV. Sallust's StyleInfluence of ThucydidesDebt of CatoSallustian Traits: Brevity, Vocabulary, Grammar and Syntax, InconcinnitasV. The Textual TraditionVI. Summary of the Catilinarian ConspiracyVII. Structure of the BELLUM CATILINAEVariations from the Texts of Ernout and KurfessSIGLATEXTCOMMENTARYAPPENDICESI. Catilinae's Birth Date and Early CareerII. Evidence for the "First Catilinarian Conspiracy"SELECTED BIOGRAPHYI. Texts and CommentariesII. Books and ArticlesINDEX NOMINUMINDEX RERUMINDEX VERBORUM