SULLA A Dictator Reconsidered


A lively and well researched biography. Lucius Cornelius Sulla is one of the central figures of the late Roman Republic. Indeed he is often considered a major catalyst in the death of the republican system. T he ambitious general whose feud with a rival (Marius) led to his marching on Rome with an army at his back, leading to civil war and the terrible internecine bloodletting of the proscriptions. In these things, and in his appropriation of the title of dictator with absolute power, he set a dangerous precedent to be followed by Julius Caesar a generation later.

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