The Cataline Orations were persuasive speeches given to the Roman Senate in 63 B.C. exposing the Cataline Conspiracy. They were written and given by Roman orator Cicero. The Cataline Conspiracy was an attempt by the senator Cataline and his army to overthrow the Roman Republic and kill Cicero (see this article).
The cause of this conspiracy was that Cataline had run for consulship against Cicero. He had failed and was determined to try again when Cicero accused him of treason and treachery. Continue reading