Ultimately, however, rather try to cling to power like so many others, he eventually chose to return to his private life. At the time, the system ‘republic’ was a novel occurrence in world history, to outsiders not necessarily different from a weird type of oligarchy. SullaContinuing with Rome, during the Late Republic, the political Sulla was, let’s say… controversial to say the least. For many, this experiment of reviving a political system based on ancient Rome was seen as weird, even eccentric. See the counterexample of, say Napoleon crowning himself emperor or other personalities who would do anything to remain in power.