Sulla is one of the most controversial figures of the Roman Republic. A harsh military leader devoted to the idea of Rome's destiny, he has often been portrayed as simply a tyrant or despot. Arthur Keaveney's biography, first published more than twenty years ago, overturned that view in favor of a more complex portrait of a man obsessed with the belief that he was the recipient of divine favour: Sulla Felix.
In this second edition of Keaveney's biography the text has been completely rewritten and the findings of two decades of scholarship have been fully integrated. Written in a lively and entertaining style, designed to satisfy scholars as well as to inform students, the book introduces this pivotal figure of the outgoing republic to a new generation of readers.