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Citizens of DiscordRome and Its Civil Wars$
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Brian Breed, Cynthia Damon, and Andreola Rossi

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780195389579

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195389579.001.0001

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Word at War: The Prequel

Word at War: The Prequel

(p.45) 2 Word at War: The Prequel
Citizens of Discord

William W. Batstone

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This chapter examines Sallust's analysis of civil war at Rome with a particular focus on the Bellum Catilinae. It argues that, for Sallust, Romans fight with words as well as weapons, with no end in sight, and that a quality as quintessentially Roman as virtus was both a cause of civil war and what was destroyed by civil war. The chapter also addresses the problem of defining civil war in the late Republic, and the difficulty of finding closure.

Keywords:   Sallust, Bellum Catilinae, civil war, virtus

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