81Since the people extolled him for all these services and were ready to show him any tokenwhatsoever of their good will, he said to them once in a public harangue that he was going toask a favour of them, which, if granted, he should value supremely, but if it were refused, heshould find no fault with them. This utterance was thought to be a request for a consulship,and led everybody to expect that he would sue for a consulship and a tribuneship at the sametime. 2But when the consular elections were at hand and everybody was on the tip-toe ofexpectation, he was seen leading Caius Fannius down into the Campus Martius and joining inthe canvass for him along with his friends. This turned the tide strongly in favour of Fannius.So Fannius was elected consul, and Caius tribune for the second time, though he was not ap211p213p215
10/25/2014Plutarch • Life of Caius Gracchus*.html5/11candidate and did not canvass for the office; but the people were eager to have it so.3However, he soon saw that the senate was hostile to him out and out, and that the good willof Fannius towards him had lost his edge, and therefore again began to attach the multitude tohimself by other laws, proposing to send colonies to Tarentum and Capua, and inviting theLatins to a participation in the Roman franchise. But the senate, fearing that Gracchus wouldbecome altogether invincible, made a new and unusual attempt to divert the people from him;they vied with him, that is, in courting the favour of the people, and granted their wishescontrary to the best wishes of the state. 4For one of the colleagues of Caius was Livius Drusus,a man who was not inferior to any Roman either in birth or rearing, while in character,eloquence, and wealth he could vie with those who were most honoured and influential inconsequence of these advantages. To this man, accordingly, the nobles had recourse, andinvited him to attack Caius and league himself with them against him, not resorting toviolence or coming into collision with the people, but administering his office to please themand making them concessions where it would have been honourable to incur their hatred.91Livius, accordingly, put his influence as tribune at the service of the senate to this end, anddrew up laws which aimed at what was neither honourable nor advantageous; nay, he had theemulous eagerness of the rival demagogues of comedy to achieve one thing, namely, tosurpass Caius in pleasing and gratifying the people.5In this way the senate showed mostplainly that it was not displeased with the public measures of Caius, but rather was desirousby all means to humble or destroy the man himself.