from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • Catiline Originally Lucius Sergius Catilina. 108?-62 B.C. Roman politician and conspirator who led an unsuccessful revolt against the Roman Republic while Cicero was a consul.


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  • But the Dean, though he calls Catiline infamous, and acknowledges the conspiracy, never - theless give us ample proof of his sympathy with the conspirators, or rather of his strong feeling against Cicero.

    The Life of Cicero

  • Caesar had called Catiline to account for his doings at the time of the proscription, and knew his nature too well to expect benefit to the people from a revolution conducted under the auspices of bankrupt patrician adventurers.

    Caesar: a Sketch

  • I have left to my collegian Crebillon all his dramatic plunder; his Catiline is a pure fiction.

    Berlin and Sans-Souci; or Frederick the Great and his friends

  • A thing called Catiline, which he had written in his retirement, was acted with boundless applause.

    Critical and Historical Essays, Volume III (of 3)

  • (Ben Jonson, "Catiline", Act i., scene 1.) (3) I take "tepido busto" as the dative case; and, as referring to Pompeius, doomed, like Cornelia's former husband, to defeat and death.

    Pharsalia; Dramatic Episodes of the Civil Wars

  • Ben Jonson's "Catiline," it was but "a cast at dice in Fortune's hand" that it might have been a great defeat, Clive was astonishingly, grotesquely out-numbered.

    A History of the Four Georges, Volume II (of 4)

  • His enemies could find no opprobrious appellation for him but "Catiline," instead of "Caldwell," which was his middle name -- no crime but ambition.

    Perley's Reminiscences, v. 1-2 of Sixty Years in the National Metropolis

  • Voltaire's new drama of "Catiline," to which he had now given the name of "Rome Saved," was to be given in the royal palace, in a private theatre gotten up for the occasion, and the actors and actresses were to be no common artistes, but selected from the highest court circles.

    Berlin and Sans-Souci; or Frederick the Great and his friends

  • "Catiline," he exclaimed, "she had gone forth already, before you bade me watch her!"

    The Roman Traitor (Vol. 1 of 2)

  • Rolt and Sir John Chichly, and Harris, the player, and there we talked of many things, and particularly of "Catiline," which is to be suddenly acted at the King's house; and there all agree that it cannot be well done at that house, there not being good actors enow: and Burt 'acts Cicero, which they all conclude he will not be able to do well.

    Diary of Samuel Pepys — Volume 60: December 1667


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