Quintus Curtius is the pen name of writer and translator George Thomas. He has published original, annotated translations of Cicero’s On Duties, On Moral Ends, and Stoic Paradoxes, as well as Cornelius Nepos’s Lives of the Great Commanders and Sallust’s Conspiracy of Catiline and War of Jugurtha. In addition to these translations, he has published three collections of essays that focus on moral, ethical, and historical topics. He was also a major contributing writer to the Plutocratic Insurgency Reader, published by the Small Wars Institute in 2019.
He graduated from MIT in 1990 and served on active duty for a number of years as a US Marine Corps officer, with deployed service worldwide. After leaving active duty, he enrolled in law school and began to practice law in state and federal courts after graduating in 1998. He currently is the managing partner of a law firm focusing on bankruptcy and criminal defense. He resides in Kansas City and travels frequently.
The following is a list of his currently published works:
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Ite per ignavas gentes famosaque regna
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