Notes on Catiline


The Catiline Conspiracy came to a head this week in 62 B.C. A look at JSTOR indicates the conspiracy was a big deal in the 1970s, with just a handful of articles in more recent decades, although a fair amount earlier. I wonder if the interest in the 70s has any connection with Watergate (June 17, 1972) — either the conspiracy/cover-up or the corruption that made it possible. Here are some of the entries from the 70s that deal with Sergius and the Catiline Conspiracy.

  • * Catiline’s Conspiracy
    * Author(s): E. J. Phillips
    * Source: Historia: Zeitschrift für Alte Geschichte, Vol. 25, No. 4 (4th Qtr., 1976), pp. 441-448
    * Published by: Franz Steiner Verlag
    * Stable URL:
    [Argues that K. H. Waters is wrong in saying Catiline had no seditious plans until Cicero pushed him into it.]
  • * The Catiline Conspiracy
    * Author(s): Anthony Besch
    * Source: The Musical Times, Vol. 115, No. 1573 (Mar., 1974), pp. 210-211
    * Published by: Musical Times Publications Ltd.
    * Stable URL:
    [This refers to an opera composed in the early 70s on the topic of Catiline.]
  • * Cicero, Sallust and Catiline
    * Author(s): K. H. Waters
    * Source: Historia: Zeitschrift für Alte Geschichte, Vol. 19, No. 2 (Apr., 1970), pp. 195-215
    * Published by: Franz Steiner Verlag
    * Stable URL:
    [Waters argues that there are implausibilities in the generally accepted version of the Catiline conspiracy.]
  • * Cicero and Sallust: Catiline’s “Ruina”
    * Author(s): E. N. Genovese
    * Source: The Classical World, Vol. 68, No. 3 (Nov., 1974), pp. 171-177
    * Published by: Classical Association of the Atlantic States
    * Stable URL:
    [A good place to start on the Catiline conspiracy and Cicero’s part.]
  • * Slaves and the Conspiracy of Catiline
    * Author(s): K. R. Bradley
    * Source: Classical Philology, Vol. 73, No. 4 (Oct., 1978), pp. 329-336
    * Published by: The University of Chicago Press
    * Stable URL:
    [Bradley says slaves wouldn’t have been freed by Catiline, but they would have seen an opportunity to run away from slave gangs and acquire some wealth, with a chance of permanent freedom.
  • * The Design of Ben Jonson’s Catiline
    * Author(s): Howard B. Norland
    * Source: The Sixteenth Century Journal, Vol. 9, No. 4, Central Renaissance Conference (Winter, 1978), pp. 67-79
    * Published by: The Sixteenth Century Journal
    * Stable URL:
    [On Ben Jonson’s play. Like the opera, a stretch.]
  • * The Figure of Catiline in the Historia Augusta
    * Author(s): Thomas Wiedemann
    * Source: The Classical Quarterly, New Series, Vol. 29, No. 2 (1979), pp. 479-484
    * Published by: Cambridge University Press on behalf of The Classical Association
    * Stable URL:
    [Even by the time of Vergil, Catiline was looked upon as “the typical symbol of the nefarious rebel against constituted authority”.]

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