uziq wrote:why sulla?
i, obviously, like juvenal (i.e. roman uzique) and virgil (of the eclogues/georgics, especially).
in terms of actual roman history, the whole julio-claudian saga is great. claudius, nero, caligula, tiberius, etc. not to mention the wonderful shit-stirring ladies.
I like Sulla because even though he was from the conservative party in Rome, he was serious about maintaining the Republic even if he broke it in some ways. He was in fact the first Roman general to march on Rome and did it twice. And he did lead some unparalleled political purges the second time around. But he voluntarily gave up the dictatorship and allowed the political process to return to normal when he instead could have kept control of it like Julius Caesar did. I see some parallels between Sulla and Trump though that of course is an insult to the former. Sulla was the first one to break a lot of political norms and in the future Pompey often argued that "If Sulla could do it, why can't I?" I foresee American politicians in the future especially younger ones making the same argument that "If Trump could do it, why can't I?" Also my inner hipster likes to test pop history nerds to see if they know who Sulla is. You can't tell me your favorite Roman is Caesar if you don't know the guy who signed his death warrant at one point is.
Did you read a lot of Virgil, Cicero, and the Catos? I didn't. I followed mostly the political/military history of it. The only people who should be making poetry is the Sapphos of the world. I did read Plutarch's Parallel Lives.