The Roman Republic: The Catilinarian Conspiracy

63 BCE | ROME

Summary

After the First Civil War, the Roman Republic is still mending the rift between optimate and populares ideologies, as well as the distinction between the people and the politicians’ desires. Rumors of unrest in rural areas persist, stemming from the people’s discontent by the apathetic nature of the Senate towards their wellbeing. The people within Rome’s city-borders are continuing to pledge allegiance to various senators, increasing the pre-existing powers of their political office and enabling them to establish intelligence chains, external military influence or socio-economic control over provinces in the Republic. Mounting tensions between senators arise from these unchecked powers. 

It is 63 BC: Catiline, a member of one of the most distinguished patrician families, was defeated by Cicero and Hybrida in consular elections. Angered by the dead-end to his political career, he is rumored to have enlisted the aid of fellow disgraced senators to contrive a coup d’etat to depose the consuls and upset the populares influence in the Senate. Senators, it is up to you to quell (or fuel) this threat to your state’s safety and political sphere. The future of your political career and the fate of Roman politics are at risk. In lumine tuo, videos.

topics of debate

1.    Whether governments should be granted extraordinary powers during times of crisis (senatus consilium ultimum)

2.    How to facilitate clear communication and transparency between the government and the people

3.    How to deal with a (potential) coup d’etat

4.    Ethical treatment of civilians and prisoners of war

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