Yeah, I know, I've been slacking on this read. Pretty soon I'll have to do the math on how many pages I need to read each day in order to finish the book by the library due date (hint: it's definitely more than 20).
But I have a quote to share:
Ten tribunes of the plebs were elected to look after the interests of the plebs. New ones every year. That was the worst feature of Roman government: its magistrates served for only a year, which meant you could never buy yourself one man who was going to last long enough to be of real service. Every year, you had to buy yourself another man. And usually you had to buy yourself several.
Yeah, Jugurtha, that's a real drawback to government.
Admittedly, a year is a short time to undertake projects and so on.