*Rome. Ancient capital of Roman civilization. Jonson uses a well-known plot to overthrow a government as a means of demonstrating the danger that individual ambition poses to a stable civilization. Here, the city of Rome is more than merely a geographical locale for the play’s action. It symbolizes all values that are good, holy, and ordained by the gods. What Catiline’s evil machinations threaten is not simply the transfer of power within a city. Rather, the fall of Rome would mean the end of a civilization created on principles of law and reason, in which citizens are treated with dignity and governed through the collective consent of the majority, expressed through elected representatives. To emphasize the importance of the city, Jonson frequently has characters refer to Rome as “Mother,” noting how, symbolically, the city has nurtured its citizens; consequently, Catiline’s plot is tantamount to rape. Such vivid imagery helps personify the city and engage playgoers and readers emotionally in the elected leaders’ struggle with the conspirators.