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The Necessity Of The Elites: Interim Conclusions

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This chapter summarises the main conclusions of the study of the evidence for Lucius Cornelius Sulla's intervention on the Senate and its membership. There is no evidence that Sulla extended the Senate to 600 members, as is often claimed. The interest of the Sullan reform of the Senate would be obvious for a study of Sulla's relationship with the elites; unfortunately, the evidence for its social implications is inconclusive. This part of the study is founded on two basic assumptions: that the role of the local elites was crucial in the age of Sulla, and that an important aspect of Sulla's imperial policy was rebuilding constructive relations with the local elites that were interested in resuming cooperation with Rome. The chapter sets out to show how complex the attitude of Sulla to the local elites was, and how central to his policies it consistently was.

Keywords: imperial policy; Lucius Cornelius Sulla; Roman elites; Sullan enlargement



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