[LMB] OT: Various Discussions/Rants in Progress...
jparish at siue.edu
Tue Nov 2 01:32:43 GMT 2010
Royce McDaniels wrote:
> 1) Dictators retiring: Sulla (wiki linky:
> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lucius_Cornelius_Sulla ) did it, one of the few
> to get away with it. In many ways he was the role model for the Caesars.
Roman dictators were supposed to retire; the office - and it was a legally defined
position, operative in times of national emergency - was for one year or the duration of
the emergency, whichever was shorter. (Cf. the story of Cincinnatus, which had great
symbolic value to the American revolutionaries - Washington's two retirements, after the
war and after his second term as President, were specifically compared to the example
of Cincinnatus.) Sulla was the first to break with that tradition, and Julius Caesar (who
had been one of Sulla's henchmen) the first to have himself declared dictator for life.
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