"‘Praetor, I need to talk to you about Sergius Catilina.’"

Lucius Sergius Catilina (108-62 BC) was a Roman politician from one of the oldest patrician families in Rome. He served a distinguished military career and supported Sulla in the civil war of 84-81 BC. He was later accused of the crime of sleeping with the vestal virgin Fabia, Terentia’s sister, but Catulus testified in his favour and he was acquitted. At this point he is trying to work his way up the political career ladder, and will soon come up against Cicero for the position of consul. Catilina will later become an extremely important character in the life of Cicero. Click here for more information on Catilina, but be aware that this page will include some very big plot spoilers for the events of Imperium and its sequels.

Election Cups of Catilina (right) and Cato (left). These were engraved with the name of the candidate, filled with food or drink, and offered to the hungry voters.
Creative Commons Attribution Share AlikeElection Cups of Catilina (right) and Cato (left). These were engraved with the name of the candidate, filled with food or drink, and offered to the hungry voters. - Credit: Panairjdde/Wikimedia Commons