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When studying Roman history during the first century BC, one of the prominent events mentioned is the second Catilinarian conspiracy, wherein Catiline seeks to overthrow the Roman Republic through a scheme but is prevented by Cicero, who denounced Catiline through his four orations and eventually executes five members of Catiline's conspiracy without due process. Was this event a symptom of the political instability during the 60s BC in Rome, or was this an event a cause of political instability (cause vs symptom)? How influential was this event in the fall of the Roman Republic?

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    Is there a reason to think it caused the instability? There were multiple civil wars in the preceding decades. Actually, Rome is generally thought to have went through an extended period of political stability for a century or so, with the Catiline Conspiracy much nearer the end. – Semaphore Mar 22 '15 at 6:06
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    The instability is generally thought to have been initiated in 133 BC by Tiberius Gracchus's land bill and his subsequent murder, and the instability is thought to have ended in 27 BC with the establishment of the Augustan principate. There were many civil wars, and thus many factors. I am just wondering if the conspiracy was a factor, or just coincidentally occured along with all the civil wars @Semaphore – user11760 Mar 22 '15 at 16:06
  • I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because it solicits theories. – Tyler Durden Mar 22 '15 at 19:41
  • This question doesn't solicit theories. All I am asking is for the big picture significance of the second catilinarian conspiracy in the context of the fall of the roman republic. @TylerDurden – user11760 Mar 22 '15 at 20:09
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    It was more a symptom of Cicero's puffing up a joke of a plot into something major to cement his consulship as something important. – Oldcat Mar 23 '15 at 19:09