“Sallust: The Conspiracy Of Catiline And The War Of Jugurtha” Is Now Available

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I am pleased to announce that my latest book, an original and extensively annotated translation of Sallust’s Conspiracy of Catiline and War of Jugurtha, is now available for purchase.  It uses a fresh, modern English idiom that preserves the flavor of the historian’s famous epigrammatic style.  Fully outfitted for comprehension and efficient referencing, this special edition contains the following unique features:

  • Almost 300 detailed, scholarly footnotes
  • Extended introduction describing the political and military systems of the Roman republic
  • Maps, diagrams, and photographs
  • Topical organization charts
  • Chronological tables
  • Textual commentary
  • Detailed index

Because I was dissatisfied with some of the existing translations and editions, I decided to go back to the original Latin texts and do my own.  My goal was to produce a work not only of the finest literary quality, but also something that could be picked up and read with enjoyment by any reader, especially someone with no background in the subject matter.  No previous background in the classics or in Latin is needed. I have made every effort to make this a truly self-contained “course.”  You will hold in your hands everything needed to enjoy one of the classics of Western historiography.  I believe this edition of Sallust is something readers will refer to and enjoy for many years.

 

Table Of Contents

I.  Foreword

II.  Introduction

  1. The Life Of Sallust
  2. The Style
  3. The Historical Works
  4. Sallust As A Historian
  5. Political And Military Organization Of The Republic
  6. Translator’s Note

II.  Maps And Illustrations

III.  Chronology Of The Catilinian Conspiracy

IV.  Topical Organization Of The Conspiracy Of Catiline

V.  Text Of The Conspiracy Of Catiline

VI.  Translator’s Postscript

VII.  Chronology Of Major Events Of The Jugurthine War

VIII.  Topical Organization of the War of Jugurtha

IX.  Text Of The War Of Jurgurtha

X.  Translator’s Postscript

XI.  Index

 

Considered the first of the great Roman historians, Sallust has been read for centuries for his 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.

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

These are some of the historian’s gripping  themes.  And as we look around at the present political and military landscape, what could be more relevant?

 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.

Modern Tunisian countryside.  Much of the Jugurthine War would have been fought in such terrain.

I hope you will join me on this exciting journey.  The rewards are immeasurable, and will be felt both immediately and for many years to come.

 

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