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Beyond The Emergency: Interim Conclusions

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Lucius Cornelius Sulla's initiatives often present the student of Republican history with tricky problems of general importance: what Sulla's ultimate aims were, and whether he predicted the consequences of his decisions, both in Italy and in the Greek East. There is clear evidence for a Sullan attempt to reorganise the province of Asia, which was not just expected to meet the demands of an emergency; provisions like the creation of the 44 fiscal districts, or the clause of the lex Cornelia that set a limit to the expenses of the city embassies to Rome, are symptoms of an ambitious approach. The rules concerning the embassies, in particular, were a symptom of the growing importance of the relationship between Roman rulers and local elites, which the harshness of Sulla's impositions made all but more urgent.

Keywords: Greek East; Italy; Lucius Cornelius Sulla; Republican history; Roman elites; Roman rulers



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