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 Sulla's Civil War. C. Valerius Flaccus. AR Denarius. Massalia, 82 BC. Draped and winged bust of Victory right / Legionary eagle between two standards inscriped H[astati] and P[rincipes], C·VAL·FLA to left, IMPERAT to right. EX·S·C below. 19 mm, 3,67 g. Crawford 365/1b; Syd. 747a.


Gaius Valerius Flaccus was an influential player in the tempered political climate of the late republic. Serving as Praetor some time before 96, Flaccus would go on to reach the penultimate step in the cursus honorum by being elected to the office of Consul in 93. Flaccus' had a very active post-consular career, governing both Hispania Ulterior and Hispania Citerior for a five year term between 92 and 87. Later in the decade, Flaccus would find himself in Gaul, serving as governor pro consule during the tumultous time of political infighting between the optimates and populares. To the delight of both factions, Flaccus remained relatively neutral during the ever escalating conflict between the faction of Marius-Cinna and Sulla. This was until his brother Lucius was killed by a Marian legate in Asia Minor. It is hard to pinpoint exactly to what effect Flaccus supported the Sullan regime but considering the substantial forces under his control it is postulated that Flaccus support (or at least, inaction) towards Sulla at least made the dictator's ascension easier.

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