The Catiline Orations

This is one of the best, if not the very best, documented events surviving from the ancient world. Introduction The Catiline or Catilinarian Orations are a set of speeches to the Roman Senate given in 63 BC by Marcus Tullius Cicero, one of the year’s consuls, accusing a senator, Lucius Sergius Catilina (Catiline), of leading[…]

Catiline’s Conspiracy to Overthrow the Ancient Roman Republic

The failure of the conspiracy in Rome was a massive blow to Catiline‘s cause. Overview Lucius Sergius Catilina, known in English as Catiline108–62 BC), was a Roman patrician, soldier and senator of the 1st century BC best known for the second Catilinarian conspiracy, an attempt to overthrow the Roman Republic and, in particular, the power[…]