Lucius Cornelius Sulla in Wikipedia
Lucius Cornelius Sulla Felix (c. 138 BC – 78 BC), commonly known as Sulla, was a Roman general and statesman. He had
the rare distinction of holding the office of consul twice as well as the dictatorship. He was one of the canonical
great men of Roman history; included in the biographical collections of leading generals and politicians, originating
in the biographical compendium of famous Romans, published by Marcus Terentius Varro. In Plutarch's Sulla, in the
famous series - Parallel Lives, Sulla is paired with the Spartan general and strategist Lysander.
Sulla's dictatorship came during a high point in the struggle between optimates and populares, the former seeking to
maintain the power of the oligarchy in the form of the Senate while the latter resorted in many cases to naked
populism, culminating in Caesar's dictatorship. Sulla was a highly original, gifted and skillful general, never losing
a battle; he remains the only man in history to have attacked and occupied both Athens and Rome. His rival, Gnaeus
Papirius Carbo, described Sulla as having the cunning of a fox and the courage of a lion - but that it was the former
attribute that was by far the most dangerous. This mixture was later referred to by Machiavelli in his description of
the ideal characteristics of a ruler...