The Crisis of Catiline

Rome, 63 BCE

By Bret Mulligan

156 pp., 8 x 10, 2 halftones, 3 maps, 3 tables, notes, bibl

  • Paperback ISBN: 978-1-4696-6413-2
    Published: October 2023
  • E-book EPUB ISBN: 978-1-4696-6414-9
    Published: October 2023

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The Crisis of Catiline situates students in Rome in 63 BCE during a time of urban and rural tumult, economic instability, sensational trials, and electoral misconduct. Lucius Sergius Catilina (or "Catiline"), a charismatic and scandal-plagued noble, has proposed radical reforms that are favored by the urban and rural poor. But he is despised and feared by the senatorial elites who have placed their hopes in the hands of an immigrant to Rome, the brilliant orator Marcus Tullius Cicero.

Assuming the roles of Roman senators who are either for, against, or undecided about Catiline's and Cicero's viewpoints, students must confront the social and political crises of the day by choosing the fates of Rome and its historical characters. Can they lead Rome out of crisis? Or will the political and economic climate lead to Rome’s collapse?

About the Author

Bret Mulligan is professor of classics at Haverford College.
For more information about Bret Mulligan, visit the Author Page.