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“The War with Catiline” by Sallust Week 2.1 CD Source 5.2 In Sallust’s time, the Roman Republic was failing and the Roman dictatorships were beginning to gain strength. Sallust offers up an explanation for the collapse of the Roman Senate that criticizes the morals of the Roman Government and its subjects. He concludes that the continued growth and wealth of the Roman State lured many of its subjects away from traditional virtue and down the road of greed, lust, and self- absorption. While many farmers once valued honesty and hard work, they now found themselves with riches and are only eager to obtain more possessions. This corruption reaches into the Senate, where each official takes what he desires. Greater wealth leads to greater vices among the people. This new condition seemingly cannot be reversed. “By practicing these two qualities, boldness in warfare and justice when peace came, they watched over themselves and their country.”
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