By Tim Whitmarsh
Greek Literature and the Roman Empire makes use of up to date literary and cultural concept to discover the exceptional upward thrust of curiosity in literary writing in Greece lower than the Roman Empire. Greek id can't be accurately understood with out appreciating the intense sophistication of the writers of the interval, whose texts has to be thought of within the historic and cultural context of the battles for identification that raged below the significant, multicultural Roman Empire.
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Marius was a popularis, one of the politicians who tended to support the interests of the common people. Sulla sided with the optimates, who favored the wealthy and powerful. , after Sulla and his troops left the city, Marius worked with a tribune (an elected leader of the plebeians) to pass a law that made Marius commander, replacing Sulla. Fighting broke out in Rome and Sulla returned to the city with some of his troops. For the first time since the founding of the Republic, the Romans had a civil war.
Rome declared war on Macedonia. Its purpose was to protect its Greek allies, stop Philip’s expansion, and punish him for his earlier alliance with Hannibal. , Rome’s next Greek opponents were the Seleucids. ), the Seleucids tried to expand their territory. e. Roman troops fought in both Greece and Asia Minor, but they did not remain in those regions. With the Greek wars, Rome did not acquire new territory, but it did expect the Greek communities to follow Roman orders. Rome also gained from the slaves and riches its soldiers brought home.
One of the economic problems Rome faced during the third century was inflation—a problem that sometimes worries governments today. Inflation refers to the rising price of goods. If salaries rise at the same rate as prices, inflation is not a problem. But if salaries do not rise, or if they go down, then people cannot afford to buy as much as they could in the past. In Rome, inflation was mostly the result of the government lowering the value of the money people used to by things. At one time, silver coins were made completely of silver.