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By Sallust

The merely surviving works from one of many world's earliest historians, in vital new translations

Sallust's first released paintings, Catiline's War, includes the memorable historical past of the 12 months sixty three, together with his strategies on Catiline, a Roman baby-kisser who made an ill-fated try and overthrow the Roman Republic. In The Jugurthine War, Sallust dwells upon the feebleness of the Senate and aristocracy, having accumulated fabrics and compiled notes for this paintings in the course of his governorship of Numidia.

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