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criminal procedures, — the capital trials being still reserved to the assemblies, — was to be conveyed with careful restrictions 104 upon its proper exercise.
It was not merely a judicial reform that the Tribune had unconsciously proposed, but rather the distinction of three estates in the Commonwealth, and furthermore the antagonism to which each was bound against the others, until the liberty of Rome lay dead, and they, wounded and trampled down, had scarcely breath enough to mourn for it or for themselves.
“ And to bring these things to pass,” exclaims Plutarch, in relating the reforms of Gracchus with honest zeal, “ he took upon himself the entire care, unwearied with so many and so arduous affairs. For it was incredible with what activity and earnestness he carried his projects out, as if he had but one of them in hand; insomuch that they who most hated and feared him were yet amazed at his universal diligence and thoroughness. The people, in particular, wondered to see him surrounded by a multitude of contractors, workmen, ambassadors, magistrates, soldiers, and scholars, to all of whom he gave easy audience with dignity and courtesy of manner. Indeed, he suited his own address to each individual who addressed him ; so that they who called him fierce, haughty, and inflexible were found to have accused him falsely. It was astonishing with what facility he seemed to win his popularity.” 105 It would be well, could we more exactly describe the lovers and the enemies of the Tribune; but all to be known about them is derived from reflection rather than from positive information, that most of the Knights and the larger number of the lower classes were now sustaining him against the fierce repugnance of the wealthy and the powerful.
the selection of judges was to be II. 6; and the anecdote in Diod. made. I have followed the contrary Sic., Reliq., XXXVII. 9. opinion, - that the Senators were to 104 The trial of capital cases was be dropped, as well as that the popular still to be before the people. See trials were not done away with, in the law of Caius Gracchus, mendeed, but limited to extreme cases. tioned in Cic., Pro Rabir., 4; In See App., Bell. Civ., I. 22; Plin., Cat., IV. 5. Another law of reNat. Hist., XXXIII. 8; Vell. Pat., striction is in Cic., Pro Cluent., 55. our sorrow. The election was conTi tremava il senato; riverenti
It was before many of these multiplied undertakings had been begun, that Gracchus, 106 without any offer or exertion on his part, was elected Tribune for another year.107 The confidence of his adherents was at its height; and his influence was so widely obeyed, that, while he had no need of using it directly in his own behalf, he was able to obtain the election of the candidate he preferred to the consulship.103
Whatever Caius had done or begun to do in his first year of office was, though completed and continued in his second term, but a drop in the torrent
105 Plut., C. Gr., 6. The pic- 108 Caius Fannius Strabo, whom ture may be further touched :- we shall presently meet again to “Dinanzi
ducted apparently under a new law Ti sean corona i cittadini ; un detto, Uno sguardo di Cajo, un suo saluto,
of Caius's proposal, which hindered Un suo sorriso li facea superbi."
the control of the richer Centuries. Monti, C. Gracco, Att. I. sc. 2. "Ut ex confusis quinque classibus 106 Oů Tapayyériw oïde petior, sorti centuriæ vocarentur.” Ad C. • Neither asking nor canvassing," Cæs. de Rep. Ordinan., II. 8. says Plutarch. C. Gr., 8.
107 Beginning at the close of A. C. 123.
required to cleanse his country from its manifold pollutions. There were other stains upon its dominion, as he knew, to be effaced, and other claims upon his care to be answered, than those within the walls of Rome. A governor of one of the Spanish provinces had extorted a supply of grain from his unhappy subjects and sent it home; but Caius persuaded the Senate to sell it, so that its value might be returned to the towns from which it had been plundered, and furthermore to censure the governor for making the authority of the Commonwealth odious. 109 A law was soon offered by the Tribune, ordering the assignment of the provinces to their respective magistrates before the elections, in such a manner as to prevent the rapacious Consul or Prætor from using the authority of his office to procure the government best suited to his intentions of pillage; the same law providing that the term of the provincial governors should not exceed a single year. 110 In a similar desire to promote justice and to establish peace, where strife and rapine had reigned supreme and wild, Gracchus interested himself in the organization of Pergamus, acquired eleven years before by the Commonwealth; and it was to his exertions that its people really owed their preservation. 111
Nor did Caius Gracchus, in his zeal for the oppressed and disordered provinces, overlook the com
109 Plut., C. Gr., 6.
111 Cic., In Verr. Act. II., Lib. 110 Cic., Pro Dom., 9; Epist., III. 6. Ad Div., I. 7, with the comment of Manutius. VOL. I.
plaints of the nearer and the more kindred subjects. He first proposed that the Latins, then that all the Italians, 112 should be made full citizens of the Coinmonwealth; and it must have been in glowing language 113 that he depicted the change of the city to the nation, still, and more than ever, as he would say, the mistress of the world. Or his proposal of this his most vast reform may be regarded in another light, as one to which he was compelled by the fiercer spirit that had opposed and assailed him since the bitterness between his adversaries and his followers had been increased by the judicial changes heretofore described. In this case, the offer of Gracchus to the Italians would be the beginning of that Providential retribution by which the best and the worst of the Romans were brought to depend, and to depend in vain, upon the aid of the people they had conquered, broken, and disdained.
However this may be, the friends and the foes of the Tribune were almost equally opposed to the offers he had, as they would say, too prodigally made; and from the very moment that his designs assumed their noblest proportions, their appearance is the more melancholy contrast to the perilous situation of their author and to the estranged demeanour of his countrymen. Some of the nearest adherents whom Caius had now turned against him.;
112 Here, however, we touch 113 See some words, but apparentupon disputed ground. Velleius ly of an earlier period, in Aul. Gell., Paterculus (IL. 6) says to “ all the X. 3. Italians.” Cf. App., Bell. Civ., I. 23; Plut., C. Gr., 8, 9.
and many of the mass of his supporters, angered by his exertions in behalf of the Italians and the strangers, withdrew their interest, as though it had been unworthily bestowed, and gradually prepared themselves, perhaps to hasten, at all events to rejoice in, his overthrow. He, for the moment, was absorbed in the preparation of leading a colony to Carthage, which he was the more eager to conduct, himself, on account of its being chiefly composed of Italian emigrants; and it appears to have escaped his observation, until his return after a brief absence, that the place he had held before the eyes and in some of the hearts of his countrymen was lost.
This general desertion of the Tribune was caused alone neither by his absence nor by his proceedings before his departure. At the persuasion of the Senate, one of his own colleagues, Livius Drusus, a man distinguished by birth, wealth, and eloquence, had taken the lead of the opposition against Gracchus, then setting out, hardly already gone, to Carthage. To this new leader a craftier policy than any yet employed by his party suggested itself or was suggested; in consequence of which the projects of his fellow-Tribune were not only opposed, but replaced by other measures advanced in the name of the Senate,114 — as if the object of Drusus, says the biographer, were to outbid Gracchus in the pleasure and the favor of the populace. Instead of the two or three colonies, formed of respectable citizens, and charged