died a natural death.
Those who were in possession of the lands even after these events postponed
the division on various pretexts for a very long time. Some thought that the
Italian allies, who made the greatest resistance to it, ought to be admitted
to Roman citizenship so that, out of gratitude for the greater favor, they
should no longer quarrel about the Y.R. 629 land. The Italians were glad to accept
this, because they B.C. 125 preferred Roman citizenship to
possession of the fields. Fulvius Flaccus, who was then both consul and
triumvir, exerted himself to the utmost to bring it about, but the Senate
was angry at the proposal to make their subjects Y.R. 630 equal citizens with themselves.
For this reason the attempt B.C.
124 was abandoned, and the people,
who had been so long in the hope of acquiring land, became disheartened.
While they were in this mood Gaius Gracchus,
ly, and extinguished the Roman seditions for a long time by
a new terror. When it was ended it gave rise to new seditions under more
powerful leaders, who did not work by introducing new laws, or by playing
the demagogue, but by employing whole armies against each other. I have
treated it in this history because it had its origin in a Roman sedition and
resulted in another one much worse. Y.R. 629 It began in this way. Fulvius Flaccus in
his consulship B.C. 125 first openly excited among the
Italians the desire for Roman citizenship, so as to be partners in the
hegemony instead of subjects. When he introduced this idea and strenuously
persisted in it, the Senate, for that reason, sent him away to take command
in a war, in the course of which his consulship expired, but he obtained the
tribuneship after that and managed to have the younger Gracchus for a
colleague, with whose coöperation he brought forward other me