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Definition: Government reformers who were killed for trying to implement their controversial ideas. Both brothers (Tiberius and Caius) tried separately to redistribute land more evenly, so the middle class in Rome could have more of a share of lands gained by conquering other peoples. But many in the Senate and elsewhere in government didn't want this kind of land reform. First Tiberius and then Caius got his way for awhile but then was voted out of office and killed.

Related Resources:
Ancient Rome
Learn more about the fascinating story of Rome.

Elsewhere on the Web:
The Gracchi
Good source of details about the Gracchi reforms.

The Roman Revolution
This helpful, very large site devotes several pages to the Gracchi and also puts their stories in perspective in the overall story of the Fall of the Roman Republic.

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