Catiline’s War, The Jugurthine War, Histories
Sallust (trans. AJ Woodman)
“‘Sallust’—Gaius Sallustius Crispus—was writing his monographs on recent history between 42 and 35 BC, precisely at the time the future Augustus was fighting the civil wars that eventually defeated the oligarchy. Compared with Cicero (executed in 43), whose sympathies were wholly with the oligarchs, Sallust is a largely forgotten figure; but he provides a powerful contemporary account of the corruption of the Roman republic, and this annotated Penguin Classics translation is by a very distinguished Latinist who is also the leading expert on Roman history-writing”—Peter Wiseman.
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