The First Man in Rome Short Essay - Answer Key

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1. From who does the Julian clan claim to be descended from and what does this give them in society?

The Julian clan claims to be descended from the goddess Venus through Aeneas and his son, Iulus. This gives them one of the oldest and most revered of Roman lineages.

2. What does Mariuus want and what stops him from achieving this goal?

A rich, ex-praetor from an undistinguished family, Marius desires to be consul, but lacks the lineage necessary to win the consular election.

3. What is Sulla's heritage and how does he currently live?

Sulla comes from one of the most distinguished Roman families, though he is poor and has been forced to live with his stepmother and his mistress, both of whom are his lovers.

4. Why is Jugurtha currently in Rome?

Jugurtha is in Rome to try to buy whatever senators he can and to secure his position on the throne.

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