The period covered by Sallust's Histories - 78-67 BC - forms part of the less well-documented eras of the late Republic. Sallust's contribution, despite its fragmentary transmission (about five hundred fragments of narrative, four speeches, and two letters preserved intact), remains of major importance to ancient historians. For nearly a century, scholars have consulted the edition of B. Maurenbrecher (1891-3) - a work, for its time, of
considerable merit. Continuing research on the period has produced material with a bearing on the interpretation of the text; in addition, several fragments not known to Maurenbrecher have subsequently been
discovered. For this new translation, Dr McGushin has freshly revised Maurenbrecher's placement and ordering of the fragments, and incorporated this newly discovered material. Together with a comprehensive introduction, he also provides a detailed interpretation in the first ever full-length commentary on the work.
`M. has done a valuable service in making the remains of Sallust's masterpiece more accessible ... the translation is clear and generally reliable and the notes helpfully elucidate the historical contexts of the fragments. A welcome new feature is the inclusion of a concordance and cross-references to Maurenbrecher's numeration.'
J.W. Rich, University of Nottingham, The Classical Review, Vol. XLVI, No. 2 '96
Introduction - life of Sallust; the writings of Sallust; the sources of the "Histories"; the transmission of the text; compositional structure; thematic structure; the time of writing; translation - book 3, book 4, book 5, fragments of uncertain reference; commentary - book 3, book 4, book 5, fragments of uncertain reference.
Series: Clarendon Ancient History : Book 2
Number Of Pages: 272
Published: 20th January 1994
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.38 x 14.45
Weight (kg): 0.45