The March Of Sulla To Rome

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The march of Sulla to Rome in 88 was considered to be one of Roman history’s most notable wars due to the underlying events that have led to Lucius Sulla to march to Rome and appoint himself as the supreme ruler and dictator of Rome. Despite the fact that he only have ruled for 3 years, his background on how he managed to overthrow his opponents and change the Roman Republic are indescribably the first of its kind to happen. Many have argued that Sulla’s justification in marching into Rome, citing particular reasons for stating that the march should not have happened. But in my personal opinion, each argument is acceptable as there are pros and cons of the march. But one thing is indeed correct which I firmly believe is important, Sulla was able to stop someone else to become a second coming of his conquest that may have destroyed the Roman Empire as we know of it today.

Lucius Sulla was born from an unknown family which has a position on government in 138 BC. His ancestors and family had a long line of history behind them since the establishment of the civilizations and he was very proud of this. His family was also well-established in the political arena and they were known for the luxurious tradition which he personally loved as he grew up. Despite their noble status, they could not move up the political ladder for some reason. His family was also not well known. As he grew up, he was already aspiring to make his way to the top and become a Senior Senator and become the most powerful man in his generation. This dream has been continued since he started becoming warrior under Gaius Marius. He began his conquest around the continent under Marius and fought in the Social War in 90 BC. At first no one believed of his capacity in battle due to his age and lack of military experience, but he was the one who lead the negotiations that eventually made King Jugurtha of Africa to surrender. Consulship was given to Sulla because of his battle achievements in the sieges he has done around the region. But Sulla wanted more for himself and he wanted people to recognize him more than as a consul. He eyed Mithridates as his next target, thinking about the spoils he may receive such as fame and riches. Sulla thought the consulship to be a very minor change in his position compared to the other possibilities he could receive if he continued to win sieges and battles. Of course Mithridates came into mind. But he already had contenders to the leadership like C. Caesar Strabo and Marius. Eventually he won through a competition and led the siege against Mithridates.

Many have questioned why Sulla was given the position to lead the war but considering his current status as the first citizen of Rome because he is a consul and his almost flawless battle record, no one could question him. Of course his contenders fought against this. Marius and his supporters...

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