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The Life of Roman Republicanism$
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Joy Connolly

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780691162591

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691162591.001.0001

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Justice in the World

Justice in the World

The Execution of Jugurtha

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(p.65) 2 Justice in the World
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The Life of Roman Republicanism
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Joy Connolly

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Princeton University Press
DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691162591.003.0003

This chapter turns to questions of justice and ends with a close reading of Sallust's Jugurtha (and to a lesser extent, his Catiline). Sallust organizes his history of Jugurtha's war against the Romans in the North African kingdom of Numidia around the themes of justice and corruption; he ends by abruptly cutting off the conclusion of his story, the execution of Jugurtha. It is argued that Sallust's withholding of judgment at the end of Jugurtha signifies the ways in which agents in the decaying republic withhold justice on a larger scale. The silence at the ending caps a narrative pattern of repetition and deferral, creating a fundamental dislocation of consequentiality, the notion of an essential relation between intention and action.

Keywords:   justice, Sallust, Jugurtha, Romans, Numidia, corruption, republic, Roman political thought

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