ope of acquiring land, became disheartened.
While they were in this mood Gaius Gracchus, who had made himself agreeable
to them as a triumvir, offered himself for the tribuneship. He was the
younger brother of Tiberius Gracchus, the promoter of the law, and had been
silent for some time on the subject of the fate of his brother, but since
many of the senators treated him scornfully he announced Y.R. 631 himself as a
candidate for the office of tribune. B.C. 123 As soon as he was
elected to this distinguished position he began to lay plots against the
Senate, and proposed that a monthly distribution of corn should be made to
each citizen at the public expense, which had not been customary before.
Thus he got the leadership of the people quickly by one measure of policy,
in which he had the coöperation of Fulvius Flaccus. Directly after
that he was chosen tribune for the following year, for in cases where there