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But besides his massacres, the rest of Sulla's proceedings also gave offence. For he proclaimed himself dictator,1 reviving this particular office after a lapse of a hundred and twenty years. Moreover, an act was passed granting him immunity for all his past acts, and for the future, power of life and death, of confiscation, of colonization, of founding or demolishing cities, and of taking away or bestowing kingdoms at his pleasure.

1 In 81 B.C.

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