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LAT 302 Republican Prose (3 credits)

We will engage in reading and discussion of selections from Sallust's Bellum Catilinae and Julius Caesar's De Bello Civili. Among the topics we will explore are Sallust's Latin style and his reputation as a historian, his political stance and his connections to Julius Caesar, the conspiracy of Catiline and its significance within the context of Roman political history, Catiline's aims and associates, Sallust's depiction of the famous debate in the Senate about the fate of the captured Catilinarian conspirators (in which Cato and Caesar take opposing viewpoints), the questions surrounding the legality of the decision to execute the conspirators, and Cicero's responsibility for this decision. Fulfills the Art/Literature requirement of the GER/GEP.