Roman History Biography:

Lucius Cornelius Sulla


Roman History Biography:
Lucius Cornelius Sulla

Lucius Cornelius Sulla (138 BC-78 BC), holds a very important place in the history of the Roman Republic. Sulla served as consul several times, earned a very distinguished military record, and is the first Roman general to seize power in a coup against his own government. This coup led to the first civil war among Romans. His actions in violating centuries of tradition in seizing power led to an even more famous general, Julius Caesar, to seize power and bring an end to the Roman Republic and herald the beginning of the Roman Empire.
Links and Resources:

Lucius Cornelius Sulla--Wikipedia Article

Rubicon: The Last Years of the Roman Republic--A very well-written and book on the last years of the Roman Republic, by Tom Holland.


See also our review series of Anthony Everitt's book Rise of Rome.


Personal and Family Data:

Born: Lucius Cornelius Sulla

Date of Birth: 138 BC

Place of Birth: Rome, Roman Republic

Date of Death: 78 BC

Cause of Death: Ruptured gastric ulcer

Place of Death: Puteoli, Roman Republic

Nationality: Roman Citizen

Also Known As: Sulla, Felix The Lucky

Best Known As: Roman General, Roman Consul, Instigator of first Roman Civil War


Military Career:

The Jugurthine War (112-105 BC)-Served under Gaius Marius in the war against Numidia, ruled by Jugurtha. Sulla became a hero by capturing Jugurtha.

Cimbrian War (113-101 BC) Sulla served on Gaius Marius' staff as tribunus militum (military tribune or senior Legion officer) during the first half of the campaign against the Cimbri and the Teutones. In the second half of the campaign, Sulla effectively led the forces commanded by proconsul Quintus Lutatius Catulus at the Battle of Vercellae in 101 BC.

Social War (91–88 BC)