Catiline is supposed to be the author of the revolutionary schemes.
But the old soldiers of Sylla were Catiline's chief stimulus to action.
He declared the nature of the plot, and boldly said that, such being the facts, Catiline deserved death.
Catiline had very soon under his command an army of scoundrels.
Cicero himself will shortly pay with exile for his rigour towards the accomplices of Catiline.
The interesting point in regard to this is his connexion with Catiline.
The details of the behavior of Catiline and others may be hardly more authentic.
"'I go, but I return,'" said he, in the language of Catiline to the Roman senate.
Vettius even engaged to produce in evidence against him his own hand-writing, given to Catiline.
Catiline was a nobleman of violent temper and bad reputation.
from Lucius Sergius Catilina, Roman official who plotted an uprising 63 B.C.E. and was exposed by Cicero in a famous oration, taken since 1590s as a type of a reckless conspirator.