Coming In Summer 2017: Sallust’s “Conspiracy Of Catiline” And “War Of Jugurtha”


Intrigue…murder…the lust for power…and the fatal hubris that leads men to their dooms.

These are some of the compelling themes of Sallust’s famous works The Conspiracy of Catiline and The War of Jugurtha.  Considered the first of the great Roman historians, Sallust’s gripping narratives have been read for centuries for their penetrating character studies, timeless moral insights, and matchless rhetoric.  His profiles of flawed men led inexorably to ruin by excessive ambition or character defects resonate with us today more powerfully than ever.

Deeply concerned with the moral decay and corruption he saw around him, Sallust’s pragmatic views of historical forces, personalities, and the psychology of power were aided by his own direct participation in the highest levels of Roman politics.  The Conspiracy of Catiline tells the dramatic story of renegade senator Lucius Catiline’s attempt to seize power in Rome during the waning days of the republic.  The War of Jugurtha recounts the rise and ultimate destruction of the headstrong Numidian king Jugurtha, who waged an insurgent war against Rome from 112 to 106 B.C.

And as the fates of men play themselves out on the stage of history, strength of character and the will of Fortune will be the ultimate arbiters of human destiny.

This completely new translation of Sallust uses a fresh, modern English idiom that preserves the flavor of the historian’s renowned epigrammatic style.  Fully-outfitted for comprehension and efficient referencing, this edition contains footnotes, illustrations, topical organizational tables, and a complete subject and name index.

A complete summary of the book and its contents can be found here.  


Cover art by James Seehafer.





The text above will appear on the back cover of my translation of Sallust’s Conspiracy of Catiline and War of Jugurtha, which will be released this summer.  It will be a fully annotated and outfitted edition–completely new in modern English idiom–and will contain maps, illustrations, topical tables, a complete subject and name index, and a detailed introduction.

This is a complete program:  the idea is to produce an inexpensive edition of this great work with everything necessary included, so that a person with no prior exposure to the subject matter can read and enjoy Sallust with profit.  My comments below explain more about the book.





Published by Fortress of the Mind Publications.  © Quintus Curtius.


13 thoughts on “Coming In Summer 2017: Sallust’s “Conspiracy Of Catiline” And “War Of Jugurtha”

    • I wanted a cover that was a departure from the usual stodgy and uninspired covers for classic works. I wanted to take things in new directions. The artist designer, James Seehafer, specializes in surrealism, and knew he could give me the kind of gripping images that could bring Sallust’s themes to life: foreboding, impending danger, and violence are all on display in the cover art. It was put together with great care.

      The dark clouds in the background suggest approaching trouble. The sword symbolizes the omnipresence of violence; and the dark shadow cast by the sword, played out against the regular pattern of the tiles, hint at the presence of evil hovering over the whole.

      Further, the combination of an ancient symbol (sword) with a modern industrial-gothic setting suggests the timeliness of the themes for both the ancient and the modern world. This to me is a masterfully designed cover by Seehafer, and I’m very satisfied with it.

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  1. I’m looking forward to reading your new book; as a young man 2 years out of High School, I feel like your blog and the other books you wrote/translated have really helped expanded my education far beyond what I learned in school.
    Some of your blog posts have introduced new ideas, (stoicism) or talked about important topics what were previously unknown to me. Thank you.

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  2. I had thought you would be doing another Cicero translation.

    Anyway, I look forward to the covering of Caesar’s speech during the debate in the senate over the fate of the conspirators. That was some A+ level persuasion.

    The cover is excellent. Where did you find your artist? I too have a book coming out later this year (hopefully spring – summer) and will need a gripping cover for a war story that punches you in the gut.

    One thing though, wouldn’t you rather put the title in the big letters, or perhaps it’s too long?

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    • Thanks for the great comments about the cover. I also love it, and wouldn’t change anything. James Seehafer is the founder of masssurrealism and lives and works abroad right now. I’ve been telling him he needs a website!


  3. This is a phenomenal cover for this book. I remember fondly hacking through Sallust’s “Conspiracy of Catiline” in Latin as an undergrad Classics major. It was the third author I ever read for a class. I do not remember exactly his style, but I do remember it to be very different from Cicero’s. I think I’ll go back and crack open my Sallust again to get ready to read your translation.

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    • Thanks man. I also love the cover, and wanted to launch things in new directions. I think you’ll find the book a great read, with all the extra features I’m putting into it.


    • Seneca the Younger (the philosopher) has a great observation about Sallust’s weird prose style and how (in Seneca’s view) it had been fashionable at the time (in Epistle 114):

      Sic Sallustio vigente, anputatae sententiae et verba ante expectatum cadentia et obscura brevitas fuere pro cultu.

      “Obscura brevitas” and “verba ante expectatum cadentia” gets it just right.

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      • Great comment! I was laughing when I read the “amputatae sententiae” and I think this just about sums it all up.
        I think you’ll like the final product when it appears in a few months.


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