Publius Sulpicius Rūfus

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Was a member (with Livius Drusus) of a circle of brilliant and ambitious young nobles taught by Licinius Crassus. As tribune in 88 bc he tried to carry on Drusus' ideas by securing the fair distribution of the enfranchised Italians in the tribes. Opposed by the optimates, he began to stress the populāris (see optimates) aspects of his programme and turned for support to Marius. In return for transferring the command against Mithradates VI from Sulla to Marius, he was able to pass his laws (with some violence), but, when Sulla reacted by marching on Rome, had to flee. He was captured and put to death and his laws were annulled.

Subjects: Classical Studies.

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