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Overview In all of Romes conquests Rome grew so large so quickly that crises in society government and morals began to develop beyond control The final result ended in the fall of the Republic and the beginning of the Empire There are many reasons as the final fall and I will elaborate on a few that I think are most pertinent So Many Rulers So Little Time Rome had the pleasure of encountering its first civil war in 133 BC and part of the cause for this was due to ruling of the Empire and problems between the ruler and the senate The first to encounter such a problem was Tiberius Gracchus elected as a tribune to the assembly Bypassing the senate Gracchus had a reform that would revert Rome back to its original greatness passed which greatly displeased those in the senate This reform was beneficial to small farmers and most of those in the senate were large landowners When Gracchus planned to run for a second term senators at the election did what they felt was their only hope and had him assassinated 4 After Tiberius Gracchus Gaius Gracchus was elected tribune Quite popular throughout all of Italy for reformation steps Rome was not so pleased He was defeated in his running for a second term after which the senate made use of martial law and had Gaius and many followers killed This use of force paved the way to further violence 1 and 4 Marius and Sulla followed Gaius Gracchus causing more problems for the Republic Marius recruited volunteers for the army with the promise of land which made them loyal to the ruler than to Rome After Marius Sulla was made consul but while commanding over the war against Mithridates Marius came back into view and Sullas power was bestowed back to Marius Upon this news Sulla marched on Rome and Marius fled which returned
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