132 BC tells the story of how a Roman politician nearly brought down the foundations of the Roman republic.


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David Hinton ...
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Since the young Tiberius Gracchus assisted his famous father and namesakes funeral pile, he is destined for even greater fame. The final victory in Rome's 120 year long Punic wars against Carthage, its greatest ever Mediterranean rival, brings him immense glory and the rich unseen wealth, but almost nothing trickles down to the destitute, who keep flocking to the city's squalid quarters; the rich patricians yest removing the military threat of Carthage also removes the best control on them. He learns many veteran families lose everything, even their land, which is taken by the rich. Now he joins the army against a Spanish tribe, the Numantines, which manages to encircle the 20,000 legionnaires and refuses to negotiate with consul Mancinus, but takes the word of Gracchus, for the sake of his father who concluded an honorable peace with them; the troops return, their families rejoice but the senate blames the commanders for a disgraceful surrender and sends Mancinus back stark-naked in ... Written by KGF Vissers

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Grachus v The Oligharcs
29 April 2007 | by See all my reviews

From the first four episodes I have seen I found this the less powerful. The story of young Tiberious Grachus heir to an illustrious father whose funerary fire we witness at the beginning of the episode and his career as a junior officer-the career pattern of young aristocrats until the First World War is the core of the episode. His rather improvised peace promise to the Numantines in Spain concluded by the authority that the name of his father carried in those regions, is his first act that makes him an enemy to that self-perpetuating assembly of rich people, the Senate. His attempt to empower politically the masses of the capital makes the Senators eager to to oppose him dynamically through the election of a former friend of him that has become a pawn of them in the body of the tribuni plebes, who blocks his attempts to reform the system through the application of the veto. I do not remember exactly how the system functioned but I remember the power of the veto of the tribunes especially against legislation deriving from the Senate, I suspect that this could happen against legislation deriving from their colleagues. Finally the Senators succeed in killing Grachus whose body is thrown to the river while the narrator says about the changes his efforts triggered. Whether this has been a comfort to Grachus himself we will never learn.

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