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A New Founder For Rome

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By exploiting the theme of kinship between Rome and Venus in the aftermath of the Mithridatic War, Lucius Cornelius Sulla also managed to make it part of his own political discourse, which was a global one, and went beyond the boundaries of the Greek East. Sulla's contribution was inevitably overshadowed, and the dictator was remembered by the authors of the Imperial age more for his felicitas than for his relationship with Venus. The importance of his role in the development of the cult of his goddess, however, can hardly be denied. It was he who first managed to unite the theme of the kinship between Venus and Rome with the theme of a new foundation of Rome and her empire. That was perhaps the most fascinating achievement of a political life that had been restlessly engaged on two fronts of the empire, Italy and the Greek East.

Keywords: Greek East; Italy; Lucius Cornelius Sulla; Mithridatic War; political life; Rome; Venus



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