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The Complete Life Of Julius Caesar: (Protected Content)
In this episode we explore what we know about Caesar’s early years and examine what was going on in Rome the 100 years before Caesar’s rise to power – especially the role of Marius and Sulla.
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I just listened to episode 2. In it you mention that plebeians cannot be elected Consul. I have heard elsewhere that at least one plebeians was required to be consul. As wikipedia states in 367BC “the Lex Licinia Sextia provided that at least one consul each year should be plebeian”.
Also I would have liked a bit more about the history of optimates/populares and the economic reasons why tribunes like the Gracchi brothers were able to obtain public support.
On another note, love your work and it’s great to see Napoleon 101’s Reilly and WWII’s Ray Harris team up, two great podcasts!
Aren’t you just the sharp-eyed listener! While you are technically correct, I believe by the 1st century BCE it was practically highly unusual for a plebeian to be a consul. It’s a bit like saying that technically a poor Communist living in America can become President but practically….
Love your ideas about optimates, etc. We should find an historian to join us for a drill down on that, something we are currently working on!
Thanks for the comment and for listening, sir!
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