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The Jugurthine War and The Conspiracy of Catiline

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The Jugurthine War Contains the history of the memorable year 63. This book describes Catiline as the deliberate foe of law, order and morality. It dwells upon the feebleness of the senate and aristocracy. Full description
Paperback, 240 pages
Published February 28th 1964 by Penguin Classics (first published -63)
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This is one of those ancient works that arguably parallels our own times as some argue the things that happened within are evident in our own recent times and a sign of a possible crisis to come (though I would argue Rome went on for hundreds of years after the events in this book). This work focuses on two events during the later years of the Roman Republic: the Catiline Conspiracy (basically a young wanna be senator doesn't get elected and resents it and raises a secret army to take it yet get ...more
Through some strange quirk, Sallust is one of the few ancient Roman historians whose two major works have come down to us more or less intact. I had read The Jugurthine War some eight years ago, and I finally decided to read The Conspiracy of Catiline.

While Sallust is a journeyman historian, very much like Xenophon compared to Herodotus and Thucydides, he cannot give Tacitus or Livy much of a run for their sestercii. It is interesting to see Catiline from another viewpoint other than Cicero's,
Sallust had a long political career, siding with the populists, who would eventually become the triumvirate of Caesar, Crassus, and Pompey. In many ways, Sallust's history resembles Caesar's memoirs twenty years later, but Caesar's biases are much more difficult to ferret out. If Sallust had been a more clever man, we might have taken his word for it and entered his works as pure history, but his bias is so evident that we can almost fill out the rest of the story by it's absence.

There are fairl
Sallust writes as a moral historian. He sees Rome's grandeur as the "good old days" of the Republic which have been ruined by leisure and luxury. It is refreshing to a modern reader interested in history to find history that does not purport merely to set out dry, objective facts, but to record history to some end.

This very quality is also what makes Sallust sometimes laugh-out-loud funny, though. I took to writing in the margins of my book "jab!" whenever Sallust brought this theme into his wri
David Sarkies
I do like books written by ancient historians, though we must remember the purposes of the ancient historians are a little different to us (though I would argue that it is not that different). The editor argued that ancient historians tended to have different purposes, though all historians, I believe, will approach a period in history, or, as in Sallust's case, certain events within history, to not only tell a story but for the reader to come out of the story having learnt a lesson. This is no ...more
Siendo uno de los grandes historiadores romanos, la lectura de Salustio se empequeñece ante la fuerza y la legitimidad de las crónicas de Julio César en su Guerra de las Galias. Salustio cuenta en este libro dos historias, una contemporánea a él, y la otra de oídas. Son curiosos los juicios morales que hace al principio de sus relatos, si se contrastan con su vida. Salustio se convierte en historiador después de haber intrigado y de haberse enriquecido en la vida política. No es una mala jubilac ...more
With a few changes in names, the whole story of "The Jugurthine War" can perhaps be transplanted from 110 BC Rome to the 20th century, or any other period in history, when there are global/central super powers, local tyrants/warlords and puppet governments.

"The Conspiracy of Catiline" is a tale of political intrigue and class struggle instigated by lust-crazed individuals. It complements Cicero's account of the event in his orations "Against Cataline".

Sallust explains, from a rather cynical pers
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Rome in verval - De samenzwering van Catilina
Geschiedschrijving van de dramatische samenzwering van de gewetenloze senator Catilina, die in 63 v. Chr. de macht wil grijpen, maar wiens opstand door consul Cicero verijdeld wordt.

Het geheel begint nogal warrig (door gebrek aan context en een enorme hoeveelheid namen), maar krijgt gaandeweg momentum om dramatisch te eindigen met twee meeslepende (door Sallustius zelf verzonnen) redevoeringen van
A fascinating narrative of the war against the illegitimate son of King Micipsa of Numidia through the campaigns of Metellus & Marius....which eventually proved victorious for Rome....although Rome failed to include Numidia into the Republic until much later. This war occurred in the late stages of the Roman Republic prior to Caesar, and Sallust's account of this war clearly shows his opinions concerning the decline of the Republic. It is perhaps more of a commentary on the decline of Roman ...more
Aaron Crofut
An interesting read worth more than most textbooks on all of Rome. The Catiline Conspiracy has clear modern parallels to Occupy Wall Street, as does Rome's deteriorating republic and virtues, the ever present conflict between the rich and poor, though with some important differences (most important being how such divergence in wealth was created). The legitimacy of the movement, or of one similar, would be a great question to focus a class on, as would the legitimacy of Cicero's reaction.

The Ju
John Cain
This is really two short books. The Jururthine War fills in a gap of knowledge that I had regarding the aftermath of the Thrid Punic War. Also, it helps explain how Marius rose to power. The Conspiracy of Catiline is referred to in greater detail by Cicero.
The notes and introductions tot he two books point out that Sallust may have been mistaken about some dates and events. Roman historians in general seem to be ofetn crontradicted by modern historians. There is a powerful speech by Caesar in f
Matt Shoen
Sallust is an interesting writer to look at the final days of the Roman Republic, in his writing the senate is discussed as much as Jugurtha and Catiline. Of the two I enjoyed the Jugurthine War more than the Conspiracy of Catiline, it seemed to be more coherent honestly. While Sallust's history is reasonable the best aspect of both stories are the ways Sallust connects events back to Rome. Additionally, the debate between Caesar and Cato about the conspirators fates is fascinating, and Sallust ...more
Pete Miller
The Conspiracy is great fun, the Jugurthine wars not so much.
I found Sallust to be one of the most enjoyable ancient historians for two particular reasons. The first is his style, which is extremely readable. The second is the extent to which you can tell he is completely biased. The Catiline conspiracy is the more exciting incident, but the war with Jugurtha is really interesting for the way it deals with personal Roman politics.
Two at first glance apparently disparate episodes in the history of Rome. Separated in time by a century or so, these two events have marked similarities. Both were crises for the Roman Republic, the latter shortly before the Roman state became an empire.

For anyone interested in Roman history this, I would suggest, is a must read.
Jan 26, 2011 Noah rated it 4 of 5 stars
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Whereas his contemporary Cicero is a great retoric, Livius a great stylist, Cato a great observer and Plinius a wise man, Sallust is just decrying the trends of his time and pushing his political agenda. Decent historic work - but not in comparison to the masterworks created at the same time.
Given that the Jugurthine war takes place before the Catiline one, I did not understand why the author chose to have the account of the Catiline war before the account of the Jugurthine war. But both accounts would have been, in my view, greatly helped if maps had been included.
Sallust has the virtue of being a near contemporary of the subjects of his history. (he died in 35 BC), and wrote his account of the Cateline Conspiricy and the Jugurthine War soon after Caesar's death. This edition comes with a useful introduction and notes by S.A.Handford.
Skyler Reidy
I really enjoyed The Catiline Conspiracy, especially the connections Sallust draws between luxury, greed, and social decay. Jurgathine War was okay. It had more action, but I didn't find it as insightful. Both histories had some great speeches.
How did Jugurtha do it? What a military mind for a non-Roman from the backwoods of North Africa. And like the Romans, he could never keep his word - until dead, that is.
This was actually a great book, especially if you are a fan of the time period. Take everything that the Romans write with a grain of salt, but overall very readable.
The speeches of Caesar and Cato in "The Conspiracy of Cataline" are a "must read" for anyone interested in history, political philosophy or rhetoric.
Très intéressant. Salluste à la chic pour capter immédiatement l’attention du lecteur, avec une écriture serrée et efficace.
Very engaging for Roman history fans. Full of useful food for thought from one dying republic to one in deep trouble.
An account of the war against the king of Numidia in Africa. Harsh and to the point.
The Jugurthine War was a great read. Hootie hoo for Stoicism and Roman history!
Sallust's Jugurthine War is much better than his Conspiracy of Catiline.
Matthew Sutton
gripping account of Catiline's conspiracy and the Jugurthine war.
Luis Salas
If at all possible, I like Sallust more than Tacitus.
Mike Anderson
Good reference work on these two topics.
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Gaius Sallustius Crispus (86-34), better known as 'Sallust' was a Roman politician and historian who supported Julius Caesar's Populares party.

His historical works included romanticized views of events, which served as polemics against his moral opponents, including Cicero. It was a style which set him apart from the dry historians who proceeded him.

Sallust joined Caesar in the African wars, and a
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