“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:

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C. Licinius Macer’s Advice To His People

I recently came across a passage from a speech appearing in Sallust’s Historiae (III.48).  The oration is put in the mouth of the popular tribune Caius Licinius Macer, who was battling the influence of the Roman patricians.  It purportedly was delivered in 73 B.C.; Macer’s intention was to rouse the common people to action against the venality and greed of the elites who controlled Rome and who refused to listen to the will of the people.  A continuous theme in the era of the late republic was the constant attempt by the elites to prevent economic reforms that might benefit the state as a whole, rather than just them.  We this same motif, of course, played out again in our own day.

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Hit Them Hard

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.

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

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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.

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