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The Sullan Veterans And Catiline's Conspiracy

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Unfortunately, there is no literary evidence for what happened in Etruria between the revolt of 78 and Catiline's conspiracy. It remains unclear, first of all, what happened at Faesulae after Lepidus and the rebels were defeated. No doubt, a considerable group of Sullan settlers did not leave the area, as Cicero refers twice to the presence of colonists from Faesulae in Catiline's army. It would be useful to know what measures, if any, were taken by Rome to protect the colonists and avoid further attacks, or even to restore some of them on the allotments reoccupied by the Faesulans. The incidents at Faesulae suggest that something about the Sullan settlement plans in Etruria was flawed. The main reason why Catiline was so successful among the Sullan veterans, however, is that many of them had become considerably poorer in less than two decades after the Sullan colonisation.

Keywords: Catiline's army; Catiline's conspiracy; Etruria; Faesulae; Sullan colonisation; Sullan veterans



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