Analysis Of Sulla 's March On Rome Exposed The Weaknesses Of The Republic And After His Dictatorship

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Sulla’s march on Rome exposed the weaknesses of the republic and after his dictatorship many political leaders tried to restore the constitution to its formal glory. However, it was only a matter of time before the tensions between political leaders broke this socio political balance. Many people attribute this break to the death of Crassus and Pompey’s wife even though the continued friendship of Caesar and Pompey indicates otherwise, instead, the collapse is more attributed to both the senate’s intervention and triumvirs ever-growing ambition. Furthermore, Pompey and Caesar remained friends in the 50s BC, however, Pompey was stressed by the senate to make a choice between Caesar and the Optimates, through arrogance, Pompey chose the Optimates and fought Caesar. The threat of judicial punishment had backed Caesar into a corner, as well as, endangering the prestige that he had fought so long for, causing the civil war to ignite without negotiation. Finally, the Senate had a massive impact on the two as they caused the separation of Pompey and Caesar, while also changing Pompey’s views into that of one filled with ambition and sparking a war over Dignitas.
Some scholars argue that Caesar crossed the Rubicon because he wanted this civil war, a different interpretation is that he crossed it because his Dignitas and his ambitions were being threatened by Pompey and the Senate, his political enemies were waiting for their opportunity to accuse Caesar and the Senate had rejected…

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