Lucius Cornelius Sulla (138-78 BCE)
“Remember—this young man who you have been so desperate to save will one day destroy the aristocracy you have worked with me to preserve. For in this Caesar I see many a Marius.”
- From the “I see many a Marius” speech in Suetonius’ Caesar 1 and Plutarch’s Caesar. Sulla (one of Rome’s first dictators) supposedly stated this passage after he was convinced by multiple people to remove a young Caesar from his kill list, and let him return to Rome. Marius (Caesar’s uncle), mentioned in the quote, took power in Rome alongside another man named Cinna while Sulla was away from Italy in a military campaign against the Kingdom of Pontus.