Fortress of the Mind Publications is pleased to announce that Sallust: The Conspiracy of Catiline and The War of Jugurtha is now available in a beautiful hardcover edition on Amazon and all other major book retailers. With extensive annotations, maps, photos, indexes, chronological tables, and an acclaimed introduction, this is a book designed to last for generations. Fully outfitted for comprehension and efficient referencing, this book–like all of Quintus Curtius’s translations–is a self-contained unit and requires no previous familiarity with the subject matter. It can be read and enjoyed by anyone, not just specialists.
I am pleased to announce that my translation of Sallust’s Conspiracy of Catiline and The War of Jugurtha is now available as an audio book on Amazon and iTunes (click on the image above).
The book is engagingly read by narrator Saethon Williams, who captures Sallust’s stirring narrative style. These great historical works are not only exciting stories in their own right, but function as timely warnings of the dangers of debased character and moral corruption.
Men read historical works for many reasons. Sometimes they want to be instructed; at other times, they prefer entertainment. But when a work can combine both of these things in a compelling and evocative style, the reward is that much greater. Caius Sallustius Crispus, known simply as Sallust, is one of those rare historians whose works have achieved a timeless relevance through their matchless balance of entertainment and instruction.
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When your back is against the wall, you need to fight back however you can. Don’t allow society or other people to denigrate you. Remember that the only one who cares about you is you. Sometimes the best way to get people to listen is to force them to listen. Hit them hard, and keep hitting them as long as necessary.
Armies and states throughout history have sought to provide security by constructing fixed fortifications like fortresses, citadels, and walls. These projects inevitably end as dismal failures. Not only do they not provide security, but they do something even worse: they provide an illusion of security that encourages a defender to be overconfident and careless. And when this happens, disaster is only a matter of time. Walls and forts do not provide security; at most they can help channel avenues of approach for advancing enemies. For states are not protected by fortresses, but by the valor of their citizens. When the latter is lacking, the former are of no use.