This introductory chapter sets out the book's purpose, which is to place Cicero's Verrines, Caesarian orations, Republic, and Laws; Sallust's Catiline and Jugurtha; and Horace's Satires at the center of the republican tradition. In the process, it attempts to rewrite the orientation and concerns of that tradition in a different idiom than they are currently understood. It addresses these writings as the literary texts that they are, not as sources of isolated quotations, and for this reason the book proceeds through close individual readings. The remainder of the chapter discusses the turn to Rome in political philosophy and the Roman political scene and its relevance. An overview of the subsequent chapters is also presented.
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