Sallust

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University of California Press, Jun 5, 2002 - History - 433 pages
With this classic book, Sir Ronald Syme became the first historian of the twentieth century to place Sallust—whom Tacitus called the most brilliant Roman historian—in his social, political, and literary context. Scholars had considered Sallust to be a mere political hack or pamphleteer, but Syme's text makes important connections between the politics of the Republic and the literary achievement of the author to show Sallust as a historian unbiased by partisanship. In a new foreword, Ronald Mellor delivers one of the most thorough biographical essays of Sir Ronald Syme in English. He both places the book in the context of Syme's other works and details the progression of Sallustian studies since and as a result of Syme's work.

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Contents

THE PROBLEM
3
SALLUSTS ANTECEDENTS
7
THE POLITICAL SCENE
18
SALLUSTS CAREER
31
FROM POLITICS TO HISTORY
45
THE BELLUM CATILINAE
62
THE CREDULITY OF SALLUST
85
CAESAR AND CATO
105
THE BELLUM JUGURTHINUM POLITICS
159
THE HISTORIAE
180
THE TIME OF WRITING
216
HISTORY AND STYLE
242
THE FAME OF SALLUST
276
THE EVOLUTION OF SALLUSTS STYLE
307
THE FALSE SALLUST
315
BIBLIOGRAPHY
357

SALLUSTS PURPOSE
123
THE BELLUM JUGURTHINUM WARFARE
140
INDEX OF PERSONAL NAMES
369
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Page 85 - Nam quis nescit, primam esse historiae legem, ne quid falsi dicere audeat ? deinde ne quid veri non audeat?
Page xxix - A gulf profound as that Serbonian bog Betwixt Damiata and mount Casius old, Where armies whole have sunk : the parching air Burns frore, and cold performs the effect of fire.
Page 280 - Pius aut de pace C. Sallustium scriptorem seriae illius et severae orationis, in cuius historia notiones censorias fieri atque exerceri videmus, in adulterio deprehensum ab Annio Milone loris bene caesum dicit et, cum dedisset pecuniam, dimissum.
Page 128 - Namque uti paucis verum absolvam, post illa tempora quicumque rem publicam agitavere, honestis nominibus, alii sicuti populi iura defenderent, pars quo senatus auctoritas maxuma foret, bonum publicum simulantes, pro sua quisque potentia certabant; neque illis modestia, neque modus contentionis erat; utrique victoriam crudeliter exercebant.
Page 33 - Hoc significat eo die quo Clodius occisus est contionatum esse mercennarium eius tribunum plebis. Sunt autem contionati eo die, ut ex Actis apparet, C. Sallustius et Q. Pompeius, utrique et inimici Milonis et satis inquieti. Sed videtur mihi Q. Pompeium significare; nam eius seditiosior fuit contio.
Page 245 - De poena possum equidem dicere — id quod res habet — in luctu atque miseriis mortem aerumnarum requiem, non cruciatum esse ; earn cuneta mortalium mala dissolvere ; ultra ñeque curae ñeque gaudio locum esse.
Page 337 - ... postremo servitus imposita est. equidem ego sic apud animum meum statuo : cuicumque in sua civitate amplior inlustriorque locus quam aliis est, ei magnam curam esse rei publicae.

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One of the most distinguished Roman historians, Sir Ronald Syme (1903-1989) was Camden Professor of Ancient History at Oxford University. His books include Tacitus (1958) and The Roman Revolution (1939). In addition to numerous awards and honors, he collected honorary degrees in eleven countries on five continents. Ronald Mellor is Professor of History at the University of California, Los Angeles. He is the author of several books on Roman history, including The Roman Historians (1999), Tacitus: The Classical Heritage (1995), Tacitus (1993), and From Augustus to Nero: The First Dynasty of Imperial Rome (ed. 1990)

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