The life and career of pompey the great

He had not disbanded his soldiers as he was supposed to.

Pompey the Great

He acquired a reputation for greed, political double-dealing and military ruthlessness. Then, as Perpenna did not think that his men would remain loyal for long, the two men fought a decisive battle. Pompey promised reforms at home and abroad. It was thought that a war against the pirates would be big and expensive and that it was impossible to attack all the pirates at once or to drive them back everywhere.

His old party comrades like Cicero and Brutus were overjoyed and called Pompey the best man in Rome and built a theatre in his honour - complete with their own mini senate where they could argue for hours without interruption from opposition politicians.

According to Appian the next day Sertorius attacked his camp unexpectedly, but he withdrew because Pompey was approaching. As he prepared to step ashore he was treacherously struck down and killed Sept. He restored the hereditary domains of the father, but took the land he had invaded later parts of Cappadociaand Syriaas well as Phoenicia and Sophene and demanded an indemnity.

He also wanted to seize the kingdom of Machareshis son who had gone over to the Romans.

Marcus Licinius Crassus

Ambitious young plebeians had sought election to this tribunate as a stepping stone for election to other offices and to climb up the cursus honorum. His end inspired some of Lucan's finest verses.

Plutarch claimed that pirates had more than 1, ships, that they captured towns and plundered temples in Greece and sacred and inviolable sanctuaries, listing fourteen of them.

When the consul Quintus Lutatius Catulus ordered him to disband them he remained under arms near the city with various excuses until he was ordered to do so by the senate on a motion of Lucius Philippus.

Pompey suffered a disastrous defeat on the plain of Pharsalus Gabinius had him freed. Crassus used his army to extort money from the local cities to pay for his campaigns. He spared the lives of 20, pirates.

Julius Caesar

Pompey was granted a second triumph for his victory in Hispania, which, again, was extra-legal. They were even able to shoot as well backwards as they could forwardsincreasing the deadliness of their onslaught. The triumvirate existed no longer; but Pompey as yet showed no inclination to break with Caesar.

Meanwhile, the consul Piso sabotaged Pompey's equipment and discharged his crews. Help came only when Caesar returned from his governorship in Spain. The sense of confrontation was increased in 53 B. This was encouraged by Perpenna who aspired to the chief command. Pompey was still in the East, resettling pirates as peaceful farmers, when in Rome another tribune, Gaius Manilius, carried through, against weakened opposition, a bill appointing Pompey to the command against Mithradates, with full powers to make war and peace and to organize the whole Roman East He received his agnomen of Isaurus because he defeated the Isauri who lived in the core of the Taurus Mountainswhich bordered on Cilicia.

The senate house was burned down by the mob. Plutarch wrote that Tigranes forbade him from coming and put a reward on him. But he did not let Licinia go until he had acquired her property.

Pompey the Great

He demanded an indemnity and ruled that the son should be king of Sophene. The consul Lucius Licinius Lucullus was canvassing for the command of the Third Mithridatic Warbelieving that it would bring glory with little difficulty.

The consulars were solidly for Pompey, although they saw him simply as the lesser evil. The law was passed. According to Appian, as soon as Pompey arrived, he marched to lift the siege of Lauron, here he suffered a substantial defeat at the hands of Sertorius himself, after the battle of Lauron Pompey was bottled up in his camp and could only sit and watch the enemy capture and burn the city.

Pompey, who was in Galatiaprepared for war.A detailed timeline of the life of Gnaeus Pompeius Magnus, known as Pompey Magnus from birth BCE to assassination in 48BCE. Brief Biography of Pompey the Great (Pompeius Magnus) Search the site GO.

Julius Caesar

History & Culture. Ancient History & Culture Rome The Start of Pompey's Career. A Quick Summary on the Life and Times of Julius Ceasar. The Rise and Fall of Julius Caesar's Political Life. During his long career, Pompey the Great displayed exceptional military talents on the battlefield.

He fought in Africa and Spain, quelled the slave revolt of Spartacus, cleared the Mediterranean. Pompey. Pompey ( B.C.) was a Roman general and statesman and the dominant figure in Rome between the abdication of Sulla in 79 B.C.

and his own defeat by Julius Caesar at Pharsalus in 48 B.C. Pompey or Cnaeus Pompeius Magnus, was born on Sept.

29, B.C., into a family of moderate distinction at Rome. Pompey Born on Sept. 29 BCE as Gnaseus Pompeius, Pompey the Great already had an advantage over most Romans; his father was a respected consul.

During the civil war between Gaius Marius and Lucius Sulla, Pompey allied himself with Sulla's forces, and utilizing new and creative strategies was able to crush many of Marius's men in Sicily and Africa.

The Start of Pompey's Career Unlike Caesar whose Roman heritage was long and illustrious, Pompey came from a non-Latin family in Picenum (in northern Italy), with money. At 23, following in his father's footsteps, he entered the political scene by raising troops to help Sulla liberate Rome from the Marians.

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