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Definition: Powerful, rich consul who eventually became dictator. He was the head of one army during a power dispute. Gaius Marius was head of the other army. A dispute over military command escalated into a full-blown civil war. In 83, Sulla won the civil war, defeating soldiers and followers of Gaius Marius. He became dictator and ruled with an iron hand for four years before retiring. One of the things he did was declare that his enemies were to be hunted down and killed. When that was done, their lands were seized and given to Sulla's supporters. The slaves who had been bound to those lands were then freed. These people (not surprisingly) became strong supporters of Sulla. He ruled for four years before retiring, probably because of advanced age. In 78 B.C., he died. Among his followers were Pompey and Crassus.

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About Sulla
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Plutarch's Sulla
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Ancient Rome
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Sulla and His Legacy
See the before, during, and after of Sulla.

Marius and Sulla
Read more about the struggle that made Sulla a dictator.

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