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Gaius Sallustius Crispus, usually anglicised as Sallust (, SAL-əst; 86 – c. 35 BC), was a historian and politician of the Roman Republic from a plebeian family. Probably born at Amiternum in the country of the Sabines, Sallust became a partisan of Julius Caesar (100 to 44 BC), circa 50s BC. He is the earliest known Latin-language Roman historian with surviving works to his name, of which Conspiracy of Catiline on the eponymous conspiracy, The Jugurthine War on the eponymous war, and the Histories (of which only fragments survive) remain extant. As a writer, Sallust was primarily influenced by the works of the 5th-century BC Greek historian Thucydides. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Sallust has received more than 604,396 page views. His biography is available in 52 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 50 in 2019). Sallust is the 259th most popular writer (down from 244th in 2019), the 343rd most popular biography from Italy (down from 313th in 2019) and the 21st most popular Italian Writer.

Sallust is most famous for his work, The Jugurthine War, which is a history of the war between Rome and King Jugurtha of Numidia.

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Notable Works

Jugurthine War, 111-105 B.C.
Bellum Catilinae
Bellum Jugurthinum
De Bello Catilinario Et Jugurthino


Among writers, Sallust ranks 259 out of 7,302Before him are Nelly Sachs, François Mauriac, Anna Akhmatova, Shota Rustaveli, Honoré Gabriel Riqueti, comte de Mirabeau, and Geoffrey Chaucer. After him are Johannes V. Jensen, Svetlana Alliluyeva, Vladimir Mayakovsky, François de La Rochefoucauld, Jami, and Amos Oz.

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Among people born in 86 BC, Sallust ranks 1After him are Publius Licinius Crassus, and Antiochus I Theos of Commagene. Among people deceased in 34 BC, Sallust ranks 1After him is Lucius Scribonius Libo.

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In Italy

Among people born in Italy, Sallust ranks 343 out of 5,161Before him are Lisa del Giocondo (1479), Pope Sergius III (860), Albano Carrisi (1943), Reinhold Messner (1944), Pope Gregory VI (1000), and Filippo Lippi (1406). After him are Pope Nicholas I (800), Giulietta Masina (1921), Sofonisba Anguissola (1535), Enrico Dandolo (1107), Hippasus (-600), and Bronzino (1503).

Among WRITERS In Italy

Among writers born in Italy, Sallust ranks 21Before him are Pliny the Younger (61), Luigi Pirandello (1867), Juvenal (50), Carlo Goldoni (1707), Torquato Tasso (1544), and Dario Fo (1926). After him are Primo Levi (1919), Alberto Moravia (1907), Marcus Terentius Varro (-116), Gabriele D'Annunzio (1863), Ludovico Ariosto (1474), and Lorenzo Valla (1407).