Sulla

sulla.jpgLucius Cornelius Sulla Felix, known commonly as Sulla, is a Roman general and statesman. He had the distinction of holding the office of consul twice, as well as reviving the dictatorship. Sulla was awarded a grass crown, the most prestigious and rarest Roman military honor, during the Social War against his most hated of enemies, Gaius Marius.

Sulla’s dictatorship came during a high point in the struggle between optimates and populari. The former sought a conservative approach to maintain the traditional oligarchic structure of power in the Republic, while the latter challenged the existing order with the avowed aim of increasing the influence of the plebs. Sulla is a gifted and skillful general and won many victories against barbarians as well as his fellow Romans and Italians. One of his rivals, Gnaeus Papirius Carbo, described Sulla as having the cunning of a fox and the courage of a lion. As the Senate has awarded him the honorific, “Son of Mars,” one can only imagine they support such a belief.

For now, he has used his powers to enact a series of reforms to the Roman constitution, meant to restore the balance of power between the Senate and the tribunes. All of this has come at great cost to the peoples outside of Rome – his most recent attempt at expanding the power of Rome “in the name of Mars” has been to take more city-states under provinceship. Those that have surrendered are rewarded with citizenship and cohort in the legion; those who resist are crushed.

Sulla

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