Catiline's Conspiracy, the Jugurthine War, Histories

ISBN-10: 0192823450
ISBN-13: 9780192823458
Edition: 2010
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Description: 'the glory of wealth and physical beauty is fluid and fragile; but virtue is held brilliant and eternal'The Roman historian Sallust lived through troubled times. He deplored the moral and political decline of the Republic, and in his two monographs  More...

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List price: $15.95
Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 6/6/2010
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 272
Size: 5.00" wide x 7.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.484
Language: English

'the glory of wealth and physical beauty is fluid and fragile; but virtue is held brilliant and eternal'The Roman historian Sallust lived through troubled times. He deplored the moral and political decline of the Republic, and in his two monographs he set out to exemplify the reasons for the years of civil strife. Catiline's Conspiracy is an account of the rebellion against the state led by the disaffected Catiline. For Sallust it was 'especially memorable because of the unprecedented nature of the crime and the danger it caused'. Rome's fight against the king of Numidia in TheJugurthine War is a graphic depiction of power struggles in Rome and brutal battles in Africa that eventually resulted in the capture of Jugurtha. Sallust's abrupt and distinctive style is the perfect vehicle for his moral urgency, bitter condemnation, and satirical cynicism. This new translation, which also includes Sallust's fragmentary Histories, captures his effects in an accessible English idiom, and provides a comprehensive introduction to his work as history and literature.

Roman historian and politician [Gaius Sallustius Crispus], known as Sallust, was a tribune of the people and a praetor. In 50 b.c., after being expelled from the Senate supposedly for adultery, he showed his support for Julius Caesar by participating in his African campaign and by serving as his governor in Numidia (modern-day Algeria). Charged with extortion upon his return to Rome, he retreated from public life and retired to literary pursuits. His first work, Catilina (43--42 b.c.), recounts the suppression of Catiline's conspiracy to seize power. His next work, Jugurtha (41--40 b.c.), focuses on the frailties of the Roman aristocracy during the war against the Numidian king Jugurtha. Sallust's Histories---his last work---devoted to the history of Rome, survives only in fragments and probably covers the period from 78 to 67 b.c. In his literary pursuits, which tend to be inaccurate and strongly biased, Sallust distinguished himself more for his terse and direct style than for substance.

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