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This page includes the coins of Lucius Cornelius Sulla, his followers and his enemies.
Sulla was one of the great men of Roman history. 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. Sulla marched his armies on Rome twice, and after the second time he took the office of dictator. He used his power to reform the Roman constitution, attempting to strengthen the Republic by ending the struggle between optimates and populares. The former sought to maintain the power of the oligarchy through the Senate, while the latter sought populist reforms. He then stunned the Roman World (and posterity) by resigning the dictatorship, restoring normal constitutional government, and retiring to private life. Despite his efforts, Sulla's did not strengthen the Republic. Instead, he set the precedent for Julius Caesar's dictatorship, and the eventual end of the Republic under Augustus.