Sallust and the Fall of the Republic

Historiography and Intellectual Life at Rome


Author: Edwin Shaw
This book offers a new interpretation of the Roman historian Sallust, which places him at the centre of the rich intellectual world of late Republican Rome. Drawing on the evidence of Sallust’s digressions in particular, and in contrast to previous views of his work as purely moralistic or unsophisticated, it argues that Sallust uses his historiography to advance a coherent set of ideas about the political chaos he saw around him, and to participate in the broader debates which characterised his period. It also offers a new perspective on the argumentative qualities of classical historiography more widely.

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Edwin Shaw received his PhD from University College London (2015), and is Lecturer in Roman History and Ancient Languages at the University of Bristol. His research interests are in Roman Republican history and Latin prose literature, particularly historiography.
Historiography of Rome and Its Empire Series

 1 Intellectual Life between Republic and Principate
 2 “Among Intellectual Pursuits, by Far the Most Useful”: History Reimagined

1 Digression and Historical Argument
 1 Approaching Digression
 2 Rhetoric and Historiography
 3 Defining Historiographical Digression
 4 Sallust’s Digressions

2 Setting the Scene: Rome and Africa
 1 Rome from the Outside: The archaeologia (Bellum Catilinae 6–13)
 2 The African Digression (Bellum Jugurthinum 17–19)

3 Politics, Expediency and Thucydides’ Theorem
 1 The Political Digressions: Bellum Catilinae 36.4–39.5, Bellum Jugurthinum 41–42
 2 tanta vis morbi: Thucydides Vindicated (Bellum Catilinae 36.4–39.5)
 3 mos partium et factionum: Structuring Crisis in the Bellum Jugurthinum

4 Windows on the Soul: Psychology, Philosophy and Sallust’s Portraiture
 1 Warped Minds: The Character-Sketches
 2 The Ambiguity of Renown
 3 Caesar and Cato: The synkrisis

5 Imperial History in the Historiae
 1 The corpus
 2 Geography and Genre
 3 Geographical Knowledge in Sallust’s Rome
 4 Historical Geography and Historical Argument

Index Locorum
General Index
This book will be useful for academics, post-graduates and advanced undergraduates interested in Roman history or classical historiography (and libraries covering these subjects).