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Marcus Fulvius Flaccus


MARCUS FULVIUS FLACCUS, grandnephew of the foregoing, lived in the times of the Gracchi, of whom he was a strong supporter. After the death of Tiberius Gracchus (133 B.e.) he was appointed in his place one of the commission of three for the distribution of the land. He was suspected of having had a hand in the sudden death of the younger Scipio (129), but there was no direct evi dence against him. When consul in 125, he proposed to confer the Roman citizenship on all the allies. This proposal, though for the time successfully opposed by the senate, eventually led to the Social War. The attack made upon the Massilians (who were allies of Rome) by the Salluvii (Salyes) afforded a convenient excuse for sending Flaccus out of Rome. After his return in tri umph, he was again sent away (122), this time with Gaius Grac chus to Carthage to found a colony. In 521 he was killed at the same time as Gracchus. Cicero (Brutus, 28) speaks of him as an orator of moderate powers, but a diligent student.

See Livy, Epit. 59-61; Val. Max. ix. 5. 1; Vell. Pat. ii. 6; Appian, Bell. Civ. i. 18, 21, 24-26 ; Plutarch, C. Gracchus, 1o. 13 ; also A. H. J.

Greenidge, Hist. of Rome 0904), and authorities quoted under

time and gracchus