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Abstract

This essay illustrates the subterranean presence of classical writing in seventeenth-century English political thinking. It shows how Ben Jonson’s Catiline his Conspiracy (1611), a dramatization of Sallust’s Bellum Catilinae, penetrated the mind of one of Jonson’s disciples, the eminent statesman and royalist historian Edward Hyde, Earl of Clarendon. Over the decades after Jonson’s death, the play helped Clarendon, as well as other followers of Charles I, to make sense of the nation’s descent into civil war and revolution.

Keywords

Ben Jonson; Edward Hyde, Earl of Clarendon; Sallust; Cicero; Catiline; royalist

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Additional Information

ISSN
1544-399X
Print ISSN
0018-7895
Launched on MUSE
2020-12-10
Open Access
No
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