The crisis of the 80s. About 390 Rome suffered a terrible attack of the Gauls. The city was burned and looted, the population fled to neighboring areas. Although from the enemies soon managed to pay off, but the devastation caused by the raid, led to a severe economic crisis and an increase in debt. Fighting last reflected in the story of the death of the famous brand of Manlius Capitol. This distinguished hero, recently saved the Capitol from the Gauls, "the first of the patricians became a supporter of the people" (Livy, VI, 11), and in 385, he became the head of debtors' movement. The unrest took such dangerous proportions, the dictator, formally appointed to deal with Wolski, in fact - to quell the unrest, ordered the arrest of Manlius. The crowd threatened to break the prison, and the Senate was forced to release Manlius. The rebellion flared up even more. Then the patricians and plebeians of the rich decided to resort to a favorite means of struggle with popular national leader: blame Manlius in pursuit of imperial power. He was tried and condemned to death by decree of the national assembly or, alternatively tradition, a special decision of the judicial committee. Manlius was thrown from the Tarpeian rock, which is a western steep slope of Capitol Hill (384).
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