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Cicero's Catilinarians

D. H. Berry


The Catilinarians are a set of four speeches that Cicero, while consul in 63 BC, delivered before the senate and the Roman people against the conspirator Catiline and his followers. Or are they? Cicero did not publish the speeches until three years later, and he substantially revised them before publication, rewriting some passages and adding others, all with the aim of justifying the action he had taken against the conspirators and memorializing his own role in the suppression of the conspiracy. How, then, should we interpret these speeches as literature? Can we treat them as representing wha ... More

Keywords: Cicero, speeches, Catilinarians, Catiline, Catilinarian conspiracy, reception, Sallust

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780195326468
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: July 2020 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780195326468.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

D. H. Berry, author
Senior Lecturer in Classics, University of Edinburgh