TheCatalinarian Conspiracy

It was believed that Cataline had gained the support of an army and that this army would do whatever was required to attain its goals. Two other politicians named Sallust and Cicero believed that they could foil this suspected plot. Cicero took an active role in this story and eventually had many of Cataline’s supporters executed and began a violent altercation that led to Cataline’s death. This story, however, contains more than just facts, as the events surrounding this conspiracy are shady. Some believe that Cicero embellished the circumstances in order to remove Cataline from his position within the community, while others believe that Cataline was guilty and that his punishment was just. Whether or not Cataline was guilty, however, is not of the most ultimate importance because Cicero acted in an unjust manner when punishing Cataline and his supporters for their suspected crimes and, therefore, should be looked at as a villain by history. Cicero had motives to desire that Cataline’s power taken away and he acted in an unethical manner during this conspiracy.The question of whether or not Sallust and Cicero were justified in their portrayal of Cataline is significant to this story because there are two very distinct possibilities of what happened. One possibility is that Cataline was, in fact, attempting to overthrow the Republic, which would mean that they were justified in their accusations and subsequent punishment. They could have had reason to believe that Cataline was up to no good because they found supplies in his house that could be used to start fires. Also, Sallust’s description of Cataline’s early devotion to wickedness and fondness for bloodshed closely resembles a comparable sketch of Cataline’s youth in Cicero (Sallust and Ramsey, 1984, P. 70). This shows that Sallust and Cicero already had issues with Cataline‘s behavior, giving them the motivation to see his power taken away.