What Roman author did you like the most? I didn't put a poll because there are too many authors, and only 10 options available in a poll. From what I've read, my favorite author is Sallust, with Livy at a close second. I really like Sallust's fast-paced narration, especially in the Bellum Iugurthinum, and his characterization/exploration of motivations rather than just the facts. I also love the historical infinitive, which Sallust uses extensively. He also has some interesting, if unsubtle, digressions and comments on the corruption of Rome at his time. (As well as some digressions that have absolutely nothing to do with the main story, such as a paragraph about two Carthaginian brothers who sacrificed their life to increase Carthage's size. Other than a moral lesson about patriotism, this story has no connection to Rome, Jugurtha, or anything else in the Bellum Iugurthinum). Here are some of my favorite sentences: Tum spectaculum horribile in campis patentibus: sequi fugere, occidi capi; equi atque viri afflicti, ac multi vulneribus acceptis neque fugere posse neque quietem pati, niti modo ac statim concidere; postremo omnia, qua visus erat, constrata telis armis cadaveribus, et inter ea humus infecta sanguine. Romani, pro ingenio quisque, pars eminus glande aut lapidibus pugnare, alii succedere ac murum modo subfodere modo scalis aggredi, cupere proelium in manibus facere. Contra ea oppidani in proximos saxa volvere, sudis, pila, praeterea picem sulphure et taeda mixtam ardentia mittere. Sed ne illos quidem, qui procul manserant, timor animi satis muniverat; nam plerosque iacula tormentis aut manu emissa vulnerabant, parique periculo, sed fama impari boni atque ignavi erant. Regarding Livy, although he is a bit less excitingly written (in my opinion), and is certainly more difficult, I still really like his style and his work does have a greater variety of emotion than Sallust.