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By Barbara Levick

Like man Fawkes in early 17th-century Britain, L. Sergius Catilina used to be a chance to the structure imposed on Rome via Sulla within the mid-1st century BC. His objective firstly used to be to arrive the consulship, the summit of strength at Rome, through traditional capability, yet he lacked the cash and aid to win his approach to the pinnacle, not like contemporaries of higher skill and skill: the orator Cicero and the army guy Pompey the Great.

Defeated for the 3rd time, Catiline took to revolution with a considerable following: destitute farmers, impoverished landowners, discontented Italians and borrowers of every kind. yet they can no longer withstand the forces of legislations and order and the uprising used to be quashed. For the talk that also surrounds it, the personalities concerned, the excellence of the writers akin to Cicero and Sallust, who're our major resources of data for it, this episode is still essentially the most major in overdue Republican history.

This quantity supplies an lively and attractive evaluation of the occasions, their assets, and the arguments of contemporary historians on reflection at this debatable interval. obtainable for college kids, yet worthwhile additionally for more matured students, this can be the ideal creation not just to a selected ancient episode, but additionally to the issues of tackling historic assets as evidence.

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