For Christmas I received a couple books on the rise of the Roman Empire. I wanted to make a couple notes:
The Good News: Rome's first political personality cult (Tiberius Gracchus) seems to have been in 132 BC, a full 86 years before Rome's first dictator Julius Caesar. So all this fear mongering about Obama's power grabs may be a little premature ;)
The Bad News: In between, revolts and government overthrowing riots were pretty common. One purportedly ending with so many bodies in the Tiber river it had to be unclogged to get them to float away.
But, history doesn't repeat does it?