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Sallust: The Conspiracy Of Catiline And The War Of Jugurtha Paperback – May 18, 2017
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About the Author
Quintus Curtius is an attorney, writer, and former Marine officer.
Besides this translation of Sallust, his previous books include "On Duties," "Thirty-Seven," "Stoic Paradoxes," and other works.
His works cover a wide variety of topics, but are primarily concerned with character, leadership, education, moral and ethical problems, and the challenges of adversity.
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The unique angle that this translation offers is a focus on character and ethics as the driving force behind the fates of the men chronicled within. The much shorter "Conspiracy of Cataline" segment makes this poetically clear in a way that has escaped me with translations of ancient histories that have tended to emphasize events, rather than character. QC's translation keeps the events locked into the motivations of the conspirators-- and how those motivations connect directly to their values and desires. "War of Jugurtha" is longer and filled with more principle characters (and events), but does not fail to return the broad narrative sweep to Jugurtha himself, his ambitions, and his character.
Most pleasantly, I get a genuine feel for Sallust, himself from this translation. Here we find a supporter of Julius Caesar writing these histories at the end of his public career-- a man that has known victory, adventure, ambition, as well as public disgrace and accusations of corruption. Sallust is writing at the end of his life, seemingly to help him understand his own fate. He's contemplating his own trajectory through the lens of Cataline and Jugurtha. Understanding this gives a poignancy to Sallust's writing that is roiling with passion and sadness underneath the clipped stoicism of the surface prose. Quintus Curtius captures these subtleties in all their loveliness.
I happen to have bought 10 copies of the printed version as well, and have been handing them out to those friends of mine who will appreciate this work as much as I do.
For me, it was good to have all these special features, because I tend to forget names and get confused about timelines. Also, his footnotes give additional information about word choice, providing insights into idioms or phrases that have special meaning that aren't obvious to a casual reader of history.
No other historical book has ever given me so many easily available resources to make reading so enjoyable. Furthermore, his writing is charged with his love of the subject matter. Quintus Curtius does more than translate the words of classics into English, he translates the environment, the emotion, the mood and the conflict of a faraway time and place and makes it real and relevant to us today. His translations breathe life into characters that, to me, were once no more than indistinguishable stone sculptures I viewed in museums. When history comes alive we can clearly see the similarities in the conflicts that played out in Roman times with those we face today.
All in all, this is another triumph from Quintus Curtius!
Additionally, there are a plethora of footnotes, translator’s comments, in addition to maps–all of which help to provide a context to the reader who isn’t familiar with the geography of ancient Rome, nor the nuances of history that don’t make it to most textbooks.
Most translations of ancient texts are written in an erudite fashion that will cause most modern readers’ eyes to glaze offer the pages before setting the book down permanently. This style of translation is fluid and intelligible.
The works of Sallust will make an excellent addition to any bookshelf, both for its informative history and powerful wisdom.