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The Cincinnatus Agreement

But across the river, in Kentucky`s 4th District, another so-called Cincinnatus begins his career. The fourth, which, like Trump`s combo, was on the state front, was a former client of the GOP`s southern strategy – according to the aforementioned agreement to direct mutual hostility elsewhere – to become a Republican in 1967 and remain so, apart from six years of government of blue canine Democrat Ken Lucas (who, curiously, kept his promise to serve only three terms). Knight, I.B., 2010. Cincinnatus , the hero who saved Rome. [Online] Available at: www.historyinanhour.com/2010/07/06/cincinnatus-summary/ Congressman Massie and I are of a similar vintage, both products – like the famous Museum of Creation – of the fourth district of Congress of Kentucky. He was like me in Rome. Although we have deep disagreements, I don`t think he`s an idiot. The victory over Carthage in the Second Punic War allowed Rome to “close” almost entirely the circle of the Mediterranean and take control of all areas that previously belonged to Carthage. The destruction of Carthage during the Third Punic War was largely a symbolic gesture, but it continued to cement Rome`s control over the entire Mediterranean.

The late republican historian Sallust, however, regarded the Roman victory in the Punic Wars with ferociousness as the beginning of the end of the Republic. As Sallust and other conservative politicians of his time believed, this victory corrupted the noble Roman character, traditionally entangled by deprivation. More importantly, the abundance of resources that were poured out after the victories over Carthage raised the question of the distribution of this new wealth and this land. Differences of opinion on this issue dominated the politics of the Late Republic and created two new political factions: the populists or those who protected the interests of the people, and the optimists or those who protected the interests of the best element of the population, that is, themselves. The Gracchi case was the first clear instance in the late republic of Populares and Optimates in a violent conflict. Forty years later, a conflict between two politicians, who represented different parties in this debate, led to a large civil war. The winner of the civil war against Pompey and his followers, Caesar was confronted with the tenacious question of what to do next. Clearly, he was considering staying in power in one way or another.

On the basis of prehistory, he had two options: the model of domination of Marius, i.e. the choice of successive consulates, and the Sulla model, which means dictatorship. He first followed the first model and first held the consulate with a colleague in 47 BC. J.C. and 46 B.C., then served as a single consul in 45 BC. In the early 44th century BC, however, Caesar seems to have chosen to adopt the Sulla model instead. In February 44 BC he took the title of dictator perpetuo, or “dictator for life,” and had coins marked with his image and new titles. It was the first instance of Roman history where a living man put his image on the coin.