History UsefulNotes / PompeyTheGreat

22nd Apr '17 11:43:03 AM JulianLapostat
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While he was a skilled commander in his own right, Pompey acquired a not entirely undeserved reputation for 'finishing' wars that had already been won by other, less famous Roman generals. For instance, while returning from Spain (where he had fought a long war against Quintus Sertorius, a Marian rebel and holdout), he ran into the surviving followers of the already dead Spartacus. Pompey's veteran soldiers easily defeated these remnants, and Pompey promptly claimed glory for having defeated the entire slave revolt, much to the anger of Marcus Crassus who ''actually'' did defeat Spartacus. Regardless of his methods, and how much credit he did or did not steal, Pompey was incredibly popular in Rome and certainly quite a gifted general. He earned the title Magnus after a highly successful campaign against the pirates that plagued the Mediterranean and a war in the Near East that (amongst other things) firmly brought Judea under Roman domination. Of course there was much propaganda in this. The way Pompey dealt with the pirates was suppress some of them, and generously offer pardons to the rest, and resettle them and make them give up a life of crime, which most of them unsurprisingly accepted (as confirmed in an episode of Creator/{{Virgil}}'s ''Georgics''). In this matter at least, Pompey was more merciful than Caesar. The title alluded to his stated intentions of being seen as Alexander the Great's Roman SpiritualSuccessor owing to his great success in his early youth, as well as conquering "the East". He took his fetish for Alexander to the extend of imitating him, such as claiming to wear a cape that Alexander supposedly wore, [[{{Egopolis}} building towns in the East called]] Pompeiopolis and Magnopolis, with supporters calling him a God and indeed even having a MysteryCult worshipping him as a God in Delos. As a wealthy general, Pompey also saw invested in architecture, roads, theatre and sculpture. In many statues, Pompey was presented as holding a globe in his hands. Indeed, the historian Mary Beard has called Pompey "[[TropeCodifier the first Roman Emperor]]" in that he more or less codified the imperial CultOfPersonality, that Caesar and other Emperors after him followed. In the East, Pompey also had coins minted with his likeness, something that nobody before had done in the Republican era, and which Caesar imitated when he, as dictator, minted coins in Rome with his own likeness. After all if Pompey could, why not Caesar.

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While he was a skilled commander in his own right, Pompey acquired a not entirely undeserved reputation for 'finishing' wars that had already been won by other, less famous Roman generals. For instance, while returning from Spain (where he had fought More importantly, when confronted with a long war against general who was highly talented and innovative such as Quintus Sertorius, a Marian rebel Pompey was actually beaten in battle and holdout), forced into retreat, at Saguntum and others. Sertorius had fled to Hispania and organized local tribes and groups and more or less was converted a Roman province [[StartMyOwn into his own Republic]]. His innovative guerrilla warfare left Pompey confused and rely on other Sullan generals to take Hispania, town by town, but even then his victory was only achieved by treachery when one of Sertorius' generals and friends assassinated him at a banquet (in a manner quite like how Caesar died). The guy who killed Sertorius, Perpenna Vento, then surrendered to Pompey by offering a list of his old boss' contacts and client lists. Pompey accepted the surrender, read the lists, burnt it (but we can assume that he memorized a few or all of the names) [[RewardedAsATraitorDeserves and then killed Vento]] and claimed victory over Sertorius. On his way back to Rome, he ran into the surviving followers of the already dead Spartacus.Spartacus, who had apparently opened a channel of communication with Sertorius. Pompey's veteran soldiers easily defeated these remnants, and Pompey promptly claimed glory for having defeated the entire slave revolt, much to the anger of Marcus Crassus who ''actually'' did defeat Spartacus.

Regardless of his methods, and how much credit he did or did not steal, Pompey was incredibly popular in Rome and certainly quite a gifted general. general, at least against weaker armies and smaller threats. He earned earned, or gave himself, the title Magnus after a highly successful campaign against the pirates that plagued the Mediterranean and a war in the Near East that (amongst other things) firmly brought Judea under Roman domination. Of course there was much propaganda in this. The way Pompey dealt with the pirates was suppress some of them, and generously offer pardons to the rest, and resettle them and make them give up a life of crime, which most of them unsurprisingly accepted (as confirmed in an episode of Creator/{{Virgil}}'s ''Georgics''). In this matter at least, Pompey was more merciful than Caesar. The title alluded to his stated intentions of being seen as Alexander the Great's Roman SpiritualSuccessor owing to his great success in his early youth, as well as conquering "the East". He took his fetish for Alexander to the extend of imitating him, such as claiming to wear a cape that Alexander supposedly wore, [[{{Egopolis}} building towns in the East called]] Pompeiopolis and Magnopolis, with supporters calling him a God and indeed even having a MysteryCult worshipping him as a God in Delos. As a wealthy general, Pompey also saw invested in architecture, roads, theatre and sculpture. In many statues, Pompey was presented as holding a globe in his hands. Indeed, the historian Mary Beard has called Pompey "[[TropeCodifier the first Roman Emperor]]" in that he more or less codified the imperial CultOfPersonality, that Caesar and other Emperors after him followed. In the East, Pompey also had coins minted with his likeness, something that nobody before had done in the Republican era, and which Caesar imitated when he, as dictator, minted coins in Rome with his own likeness. After all if Pompey could, why not Caesar.
21st Apr '17 5:32:39 PM JulianLapostat
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While he was a skilled commander in his own right, Pompey acquired a not entirely undeserved reputation for 'finishing' wars that had already been won by other, less famous Roman generals. For instance, while returning from Spain (where he had fought a long war against Quintus Sertorius, a Marian rebel and holdout), he ran into the surviving followers of the already dead Spartacus. Pompey's veteran soldiers easily defeated these remnants, and Pompey promptly claimed glory for having defeated the entire slave revolt, much to the anger of Marcus Crassus who ''actually'' did defeat Spartacus. Regardless of his methods, and how much credit he did or did not steal, Pompey was incredibly popular in Rome and certainly quite a gifted general. He earned the title Magnus after a highly successful campaign against the pirates that plagued the Mediterranean and a war in the Near East that (amongst other things) firmly brought Judea under Roman domination. Of course there was much propaganda in this. The way Pompey dealt with the pirates was suppress some of them, and generously offer pardons to the rest, and resettle them and make them give up a life of crime, which most of them unsurprisingly accepted (as confirmed in an episode of Creator/{{Virgil}}'s ''Georgics''). In this matter at least, Pompey was more merciful than Caesar. The title alluded to his stated intentions of being seen as Alexander the Great's Roman SpiritualSuccessor owing to his great success in his early youth, as well as conquering "the East". Ultimately, that set the stage for what we would now recognize as a mid-life crisis.

In the decade of the fifties, he became part of the First Triumvirate, a coalition between him, his rival Marcus Licinus Crassus and the junior partner, Julius Caesar. The latter was the nephew of Marius and a supporter of the populare faction, while Crassus and Pompey had enriched and profited of Sulla's actions and his conservative cause. The coalition was bound by a desire on the part of the two Sullans to secure their privilege and clout, and extend their influence with the help of Caesar, who for his part had his own agenda, being a [[ImpoverishedPatrician relatively poor]] but brilliant young aristocrat who had been steered away from the normal course of his career thanks to Sulla but who now wanted to make up for lost time. Between them, the three became unofficial rulers of Rome, dividing the best provinces between them. Caesar and Crassus both wanted and got wars so they could gain plunder and glory, while Pompey, HappilyMarried to Caesar's teenage daughter Julia, settled down in Rome for an extended honeymoon. Soon, cracks began to appear in the triumvirate. Crassus was spectacularly defeated and killed fighting the Parthians, an invasion he launched to get the honors that Pompey had taken from him. Caesar unexpectedly proved a superb general, conquering the Gauls and winning vast new territories for Rome. Despite being a successful SocialClimber and achieving much honors as a general, Pompey lived to see his career overshadowed by the upstart Caesar who despite being a poor lawyer was proving to be a better general than he ever was. He would probably have split from Caesar anyway but his genuine happy marriage with Julia, that was rare enough that it was much commented on and joked about even in that time, held their alliance. That ended with the death of poor Julia in childbirth. The optimate senators, led by Cato the Younger, had loathed Pompey seeing his elevation as an unwarranted concession made by Sulla despite serving their cause. But they hated and feared Caesar more and the capital was breaking down in street fights led by gangs of populares and optimates. They need a sword to stop them, so the optimates turned to the man who trampled and marched on Rome in his youth to come and defend the Republic. Pompey was nominated a consul, illegally, since that was an elected office, but the optimates made an exception to contain the crisis.

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While he was a skilled commander in his own right, Pompey acquired a not entirely undeserved reputation for 'finishing' wars that had already been won by other, less famous Roman generals. For instance, while returning from Spain (where he had fought a long war against Quintus Sertorius, a Marian rebel and holdout), he ran into the surviving followers of the already dead Spartacus. Pompey's veteran soldiers easily defeated these remnants, and Pompey promptly claimed glory for having defeated the entire slave revolt, much to the anger of Marcus Crassus who ''actually'' did defeat Spartacus. Regardless of his methods, and how much credit he did or did not steal, Pompey was incredibly popular in Rome and certainly quite a gifted general. He earned the title Magnus after a highly successful campaign against the pirates that plagued the Mediterranean and a war in the Near East that (amongst other things) firmly brought Judea under Roman domination. Of course there was much propaganda in this. The way Pompey dealt with the pirates was suppress some of them, and generously offer pardons to the rest, and resettle them and make them give up a life of crime, which most of them unsurprisingly accepted (as confirmed in an episode of Creator/{{Virgil}}'s ''Georgics''). In this matter at least, Pompey was more merciful than Caesar. The title alluded to his stated intentions of being seen as Alexander the Great's Roman SpiritualSuccessor owing to his great success in his early youth, as well as conquering "the East". Ultimately, He took his fetish for Alexander to the extend of imitating him, such as claiming to wear a cape that set Alexander supposedly wore, [[{{Egopolis}} building towns in the stage for what we would now recognize East called]] Pompeiopolis and Magnopolis, with supporters calling him a God and indeed even having a MysteryCult worshipping him as a mid-life crisis.God in Delos. As a wealthy general, Pompey also saw invested in architecture, roads, theatre and sculpture. In many statues, Pompey was presented as holding a globe in his hands. Indeed, the historian Mary Beard has called Pompey "[[TropeCodifier the first Roman Emperor]]" in that he more or less codified the imperial CultOfPersonality, that Caesar and other Emperors after him followed. In the East, Pompey also had coins minted with his likeness, something that nobody before had done in the Republican era, and which Caesar imitated when he, as dictator, minted coins in Rome with his own likeness. After all if Pompey could, why not Caesar.

Such megalomania at such a young age, ultimately set the stage for what we would now recognize as a mid-life crisis. In the decade of the fifties, he became part of the First Triumvirate, a coalition between him, his rival Marcus Licinus Crassus and the junior partner, Julius Caesar. The latter was the nephew of Marius and a supporter of the populare faction, while Crassus and Pompey had enriched and profited of Sulla's actions and his conservative cause. The coalition was bound by a desire on the part of the two Sullans to secure their privilege and clout, and extend their influence with the help of Caesar, who for his part had his own agenda, being a [[ImpoverishedPatrician relatively poor]] but brilliant young aristocrat who had been steered away from the normal course of his career thanks to Sulla but who now wanted to make up for lost time. Between them, the three became unofficial rulers of Rome, dividing the best provinces between them. Caesar and Crassus both wanted and got wars so they could gain plunder and glory, while Pompey, HappilyMarried to Caesar's teenage daughter Julia, settled down in Rome for an extended honeymoon. Soon, cracks began to appear in the triumvirate. Crassus was spectacularly defeated and killed fighting the Parthians, an invasion he launched to get the honors that Pompey had taken from him. Caesar unexpectedly proved a superb general, conquering the Gauls and winning vast new territories for Rome. Despite being a successful SocialClimber and achieving much honors as a general, Pompey lived to see his career overshadowed by the upstart Caesar who despite being a poor lawyer was proving to be a better general than he ever was. He would probably have split from Caesar anyway but his genuine happy marriage with Julia, that was rare enough that it was much commented on and joked about even in that time, held their alliance. That ended with the death of poor Julia in childbirth. The optimate senators, led by Cato the Younger, had loathed Pompey seeing his elevation as an unwarranted concession made by Sulla despite serving their cause. But they hated and feared Caesar more and the capital was breaking down in street fights led by gangs of populares and optimates. They need a sword to stop them, so the optimates turned to the man who trampled and marched on Rome in his youth to come and defend the Republic. Pompey was nominated a consul, illegally, since that was an elected office, but the optimates made an exception to contain the crisis.
21st Apr '17 4:43:04 PM JulianLapostat
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While he was a skilled commander in his own right, Pompey acquired a not entirely undeserved reputation for 'finishing' wars that had already been won by other, less famous Roman generals. For instance, while returning from Spain (where he had fought a long war against Quintus Sertorius, a Marian rebel and holdout), he ran into the surviving followers of the already dead Spartacus. Pompey's veteran soldiers easily defeated these remnants, and Pompey promptly claimed glory for having defeated the entire slave revolt, much to the anger of Marcus Crassus who ''actually'' did defeat Spartacus. Regardless of his methods, and how much credit he did or did not steal, Pompey was incredibly popular in Rome and certainly quite a gifted general. He earned the title Magnus after a highly successful campaign against the pirates that plagued the Mediterranean and a war in the Near East that (amongst other things) firmly brought Judea under Roman domination. The title alluded to his stated intentions of being seen as Alexander the Great's Roman SpiritualSuccessor owing to his great success in his early youth, as well as conquering "the East". Ultimately, that set the stage for what we would now recognize as a mid-life crisis.

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While he was a skilled commander in his own right, Pompey acquired a not entirely undeserved reputation for 'finishing' wars that had already been won by other, less famous Roman generals. For instance, while returning from Spain (where he had fought a long war against Quintus Sertorius, a Marian rebel and holdout), he ran into the surviving followers of the already dead Spartacus. Pompey's veteran soldiers easily defeated these remnants, and Pompey promptly claimed glory for having defeated the entire slave revolt, much to the anger of Marcus Crassus who ''actually'' did defeat Spartacus. Regardless of his methods, and how much credit he did or did not steal, Pompey was incredibly popular in Rome and certainly quite a gifted general. He earned the title Magnus after a highly successful campaign against the pirates that plagued the Mediterranean and a war in the Near East that (amongst other things) firmly brought Judea under Roman domination. Of course there was much propaganda in this. The way Pompey dealt with the pirates was suppress some of them, and generously offer pardons to the rest, and resettle them and make them give up a life of crime, which most of them unsurprisingly accepted (as confirmed in an episode of Creator/{{Virgil}}'s ''Georgics''). In this matter at least, Pompey was more merciful than Caesar. The title alluded to his stated intentions of being seen as Alexander the Great's Roman SpiritualSuccessor owing to his great success in his early youth, as well as conquering "the East". Ultimately, that set the stage for what we would now recognize as a mid-life crisis.
20th Apr '17 7:05:17 PM JulianLapostat
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When it finally came down to a Caesar versus Pompey battle at Pharsalus, Greece in 48 BC, the younger man proved the better general. Pompey fled to Egypt expecting sanctuary; instead, he was betrayed and murdered by a palace cabal, who sent his head as a gift to Caesar[[note]]The gift was not appreciated; [[RewardedAsATraitorDeserves Caesar had the assassins executed]].[[/note]]. Nonetheless, Caesar would finally be assassinated in the Senate, with his body falling before a statue erected in honour of him.

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When it finally came down to a Caesar versus Pompey battle at Pharsalus, Greece in 48 BC, the younger man proved the better general. Pompey fled to Egypt expecting sanctuary; instead, he was betrayed and murdered by a palace cabal, who sent his head as a gift to Caesar[[note]]The gift was not appreciated; [[RewardedAsATraitorDeserves Caesar had the assassins executed]].[[/note]]. Nonetheless, Caesar would finally be assassinated in the Senate, with his body falling before a statue erected in honour of him.
Pompey Magnus.




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* HistoricalHeroUpgrade: On account of him ultimately defending the Republic at Pharsalia against Caesar, he's often seen as a heroic or more principled Republican than Caesar, even if his entire career proves that he was an ambitious SocialClimber ruthless even by the standards of his time and utterly amoral and unprincipled about throwing people under the bus to get ahead.



* OvershadowedByAwesome: [[invoked]] He and later authors see this as the main reason for his jealousy of Caesar. Had it not been for the latter, he would be the great military prodigy and genius of his day, but he lived to see his achievements exceeded and dwarfed by the latter.

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* OvershadowedByAwesome: [[invoked]] He and later Later authors see this as the main reason for his jealousy of Caesar. Had it not been for the latter, he would be the great military prodigy and genius of his day, but he lived to see his achievements exceeded and dwarfed by the latter.latter, and become an addendum to his career.
20th Apr '17 6:51:59 PM JulianLapostat
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In the decade of the fifties, he became part of the First Triumvirate, a coalition between him, his rival Marcus Licinus Crassus and the junior partner, Julius Caesar. The latter was the nephew of Marius and a supporter of the populare faction, while Crassus and Pompey had enriched and profited of Sulla's actions and his conservative cause. The coalition was bound by a desire on the part of the two Sullans to secure their privilege and clout, and extend their influence with the help of Caesar, who for his part had his own agenda, being a [[ImpoverishedPatrician relatively poor]] but brilliant young aristocrat who had been steered away from the normal course of his career thanks to Sulla but who now wanted to make up for lost time. Between them, the three became unofficial rulers of Rome, dividing the best provinces between them. Caesar and Crassus both wanted and got wars so they could gain plunder and glory, while Pompey, HappilyMarried to Caesar's teenage daughter Julia, settled down in Rome for an extended honeymoon. Soon, cracks began to appear in the triumvirate. Crassus was spectacularly defeated and killed fighting the Parthians, while Caesar unexpectedly proved a superb general, conquering the Gauls and winning vast new territories for Rome. Despite being a successful SocialClimber and achieving much honors as a general, Pompey lived to see his career overshadowed by the upstart Caesar who despite being a poor lawyer was proving to be a better general than he ever was. He would probably have split from Caesar anyway but his genuine happy marriage with Julia, that was rare enough that it was much commented on and joked about even in that time, held their alliance. That ended with the death of poor Julia in childbirth. The optimate senators, led by Cato the Younger, had loathed Pompey seeing his elevation as an unwarranted concession made by Sulla despite serving their cause. But they hated and feared Caesar more and the capital was breaking down in street fights led by gangs of populares and optimates. They need a sword to stop them, so the optimates turned to the man who trampled and marched on Rome in his youth to come and defend the Republic. Pompey was nominated a consul, illegally, since that was an elected office, but the optimates made an exception to contain the crisis.

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In the decade of the fifties, he became part of the First Triumvirate, a coalition between him, his rival Marcus Licinus Crassus and the junior partner, Julius Caesar. The latter was the nephew of Marius and a supporter of the populare faction, while Crassus and Pompey had enriched and profited of Sulla's actions and his conservative cause. The coalition was bound by a desire on the part of the two Sullans to secure their privilege and clout, and extend their influence with the help of Caesar, who for his part had his own agenda, being a [[ImpoverishedPatrician relatively poor]] but brilliant young aristocrat who had been steered away from the normal course of his career thanks to Sulla but who now wanted to make up for lost time. Between them, the three became unofficial rulers of Rome, dividing the best provinces between them. Caesar and Crassus both wanted and got wars so they could gain plunder and glory, while Pompey, HappilyMarried to Caesar's teenage daughter Julia, settled down in Rome for an extended honeymoon. Soon, cracks began to appear in the triumvirate. Crassus was spectacularly defeated and killed fighting the Parthians, while an invasion he launched to get the honors that Pompey had taken from him. Caesar unexpectedly proved a superb general, conquering the Gauls and winning vast new territories for Rome. Despite being a successful SocialClimber and achieving much honors as a general, Pompey lived to see his career overshadowed by the upstart Caesar who despite being a poor lawyer was proving to be a better general than he ever was. He would probably have split from Caesar anyway but his genuine happy marriage with Julia, that was rare enough that it was much commented on and joked about even in that time, held their alliance. That ended with the death of poor Julia in childbirth. The optimate senators, led by Cato the Younger, had loathed Pompey seeing his elevation as an unwarranted concession made by Sulla despite serving their cause. But they hated and feared Caesar more and the capital was breaking down in street fights led by gangs of populares and optimates. They need a sword to stop them, so the optimates turned to the man who trampled and marched on Rome in his youth to come and defend the Republic. Pompey was nominated a consul, illegally, since that was an elected office, but the optimates made an exception to contain the crisis.
20th Apr '17 6:49:14 PM JulianLapostat
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-> ''"What! Will you never cease prating of laws to us that have swords by our sides?''



Pompey was born in 106 BC to a very rich but not very distinguished family--his father had managed to become consul, but otherwise the Pompeia were rural nobodies, and Pompey was very much an outsider in the Roman political world. At the age of twenty-three, he illegally raised a private army made up of his father's old clients and joined in the then-ongoing Roman civil war, siding with returning war hero Sulla. When the young Pompey met the middle-aged, famous and very powerful Sulla, he let the older man know that Pompey came as an equal ally rather than a subordinate, telling him: "More men worship the rising sun than the setting sun".

That was how Pompey would spend most of his career--sharp enough to pick the right side, but never afraid to tear up the rules to achieve his purpose. In a blatant breach of the Roman constitution, he became consul at the age of thirty-five without having ever been a senator.

While he was a skilled commander in his own right, Pompey acquired a not entirely undeserved reputation for 'finishing' wars that had already been won by other, less famous Roman generals. For instance, while returning from Spain (where he had fought a long war against a renegade Roman warlord), he ran into the surviving followers of the already dead Spartacus. Pompey's veteran soldiers easily defeated these remnants, and Pompey promptly claimed glory for having defeated the entire slave revolt, much to the anger of Marcus Crassus who ''actually'' did defeat Spartacus.

Regardless of his methods, and how much credit he did or did not steal, Pompey was incredibly popular in Rome, especially after a highly successful campaign against the pirates that plagued the Mediterranean and a war in the Near East that (amongst other things) firmly brought Judea under Roman domination. In his middle age, he was able to parlay his enormous clout and wealth into an alliance with two of his rivals - the ridiculously wealthy Marcus Crassus and the [[ImpoverishedPatrician relatively poor]] but brilliant young aristocrat UsefulNotes/JuliusCaesar. Between them, the three became unofficial rulers of Rome, dividing the best provinces between them. Caesar and Crassus both wanted and got wars so they could gain plunder and glory, while Pompey, HappilyMarried to Caesar's teenage daughter Julia, settled down in Rome for an extended honeymoon.

Soon, cracks began to appear in the triumvirate. Crassus was spectacularly defeated and killed fighting the Parthians, while Caesar unexpectedly proved a superb general, conquering the Gauls and winning vast new territories for Rome. Jealous and afraid, Pompey would probably have split from Caesar anyway, but the death of poor Julia in childbirth weakened the bond between the two. In the civil war that followed, Pompey - the old rule breaker - was ironically leader of the conservative, republican faction trying to stop Caesar.

When it finally came down to a Caesar versus Pompey battle at Pharsalus, Greece in 48 BC, the younger man proved the better general. Pompey fled with his wife to Egypt expecting sanctuary; instead, he was betrayed and murdered by a palace cabal, who sent his head as a gift to Caesar[[note]]The gift was not appreciated; [[RewardedAsATraitorDeserves Caesar had the assassins executed]].[[/note]].

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Pompey was born in 106 BC to a very rich but not very distinguished family--his father had managed to become consul, but otherwise the Pompeia were rural nobodies, and Pompey was very much an outsider in the Roman political world. His father allied with the dictator Sulla against the Marians, and he died during a Siege in a conflict against the Marians, either directly or by disease. The Marians issued an order of arrest and seizure of assets, citing his father's corruption (either actual or alleged). The young Pompey managed to clear his name during the first civil war, but when the Marians took over the capital, triggering Sulla's second war. At the age of twenty-three, he illegally raised a private army made up of his father's old clients and joined in the then-ongoing Roman civil war, siding with returning war hero Sulla. clients. When the Sulla won, young Pompey, alongside other Sullans, such as Marcus Licinus Crassus helped the dictator with ThePurge of the capital. Pompey met earned the middle-aged, famous nickname ''adulescens carnifex'' ([[TeensAreMonsters teenage]] [[TheButcher butcher]]) during this time.

He had ruthless ambition as a young man
and very powerful Sulla, saw Sulla's brazen power-grab and trampling of norms as a way for young men to set their path forward. Indeed he let was known to say "If Sulla could do it, why not I?" which annoyed the older man know that in time. Pompey came as an equal ally rather than nagged him for a subordinate, telling him: triumph in the capital for his services in Sulla's wars in Africa. Sulla eventually agreed even if Pompey was too young and legally had not earned the ranks of quaestor and consulship that would have normally qualified this privilege. Pompey even arrogated to Sulla that: "More men worship the rising sun than the setting sun".

That
sun". In response, Sulla cut him out of his will but otherwise indulged him because he was how equally complicit in the latter's crimes. Pompey would spend most typified the mentality of his career--sharp the Late Republican-Proto-Empire: be sharp enough to pick the right side, but never afraid to tear up the side and don't let silly things like norms, morals, laws, rules to achieve his purpose.get in your way. In a blatant breach of the Roman constitution, he became consul at the age of thirty-five without having ever been a senator.

While he was a skilled commander in his own right, Pompey acquired a not entirely undeserved reputation for 'finishing' wars that had already been won by other, less famous Roman generals. For instance, while returning from Spain (where he had fought a long war against Quintus Sertorius, a renegade Roman warlord), Marian rebel and holdout), he ran into the surviving followers of the already dead Spartacus. Pompey's veteran soldiers easily defeated these remnants, and Pompey promptly claimed glory for having defeated the entire slave revolt, much to the anger of Marcus Crassus who ''actually'' did defeat Spartacus.

Spartacus. Regardless of his methods, and how much credit he did or did not steal, Pompey was incredibly popular in Rome, especially Rome and certainly quite a gifted general. He earned the title Magnus after a highly successful campaign against the pirates that plagued the Mediterranean and a war in the Near East that (amongst other things) firmly brought Judea under Roman domination. In The title alluded to his middle age, he was able stated intentions of being seen as Alexander the Great's Roman SpiritualSuccessor owing to parlay his enormous clout and wealth into an alliance with two of great success in his rivals - early youth, as well as conquering "the East". Ultimately, that set the ridiculously wealthy stage for what we would now recognize as a mid-life crisis.

In the decade of the fifties, he became part of the First Triumvirate, a coalition between him, his rival
Marcus Licinus Crassus and the junior partner, Julius Caesar. The latter was the nephew of Marius and a supporter of the populare faction, while Crassus and Pompey had enriched and profited of Sulla's actions and his conservative cause. The coalition was bound by a desire on the part of the two Sullans to secure their privilege and clout, and extend their influence with the help of Caesar, who for his part had his own agenda, being a [[ImpoverishedPatrician relatively poor]] but brilliant young aristocrat UsefulNotes/JuliusCaesar.who had been steered away from the normal course of his career thanks to Sulla but who now wanted to make up for lost time. Between them, the three became unofficial rulers of Rome, dividing the best provinces between them. Caesar and Crassus both wanted and got wars so they could gain plunder and glory, while Pompey, HappilyMarried to Caesar's teenage daughter Julia, settled down in Rome for an extended honeymoon.

honeymoon. Soon, cracks began to appear in the triumvirate. Crassus was spectacularly defeated and killed fighting the Parthians, while Caesar unexpectedly proved a superb general, conquering the Gauls and winning vast new territories for Rome. Jealous Despite being a successful SocialClimber and afraid, achieving much honors as a general, Pompey lived to see his career overshadowed by the upstart Caesar who despite being a poor lawyer was proving to be a better general than he ever was. He would probably have split from Caesar anyway, anyway but his genuine happy marriage with Julia, that was rare enough that it was much commented on and joked about even in that time, held their alliance. That ended with the death of poor Julia in childbirth weakened childbirth. The optimate senators, led by Cato the bond between the two. In the civil war that followed, Younger, had loathed Pompey - seeing his elevation as an unwarranted concession made by Sulla despite serving their cause. But they hated and feared Caesar more and the old rule breaker - capital was ironically leader breaking down in street fights led by gangs of the conservative, republican faction trying populares and optimates. They need a sword to stop Caesar.

them, so the optimates turned to the man who trampled and marched on Rome in his youth to come and defend the Republic. Pompey was nominated a consul, illegally, since that was an elected office, but the optimates made an exception to contain the crisis.

When it finally came down to a Caesar versus Pompey battle at Pharsalus, Greece in 48 BC, the younger man proved the better general. Pompey fled with his wife to Egypt expecting sanctuary; instead, he was betrayed and murdered by a palace cabal, who sent his head as a gift to Caesar[[note]]The gift was not appreciated; [[RewardedAsATraitorDeserves Caesar had the assassins executed]].[[/note]]. Nonetheless, Caesar would finally be assassinated in the Senate, with his body falling before a statue erected in honour of him.


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* OvershadowedByAwesome: [[invoked]] He and later authors see this as the main reason for his jealousy of Caesar. Had it not been for the latter, he would be the great military prodigy and genius of his day, but he lived to see his achievements exceeded and dwarfed by the latter.
3rd Mar '17 10:32:20 PM Xtifr
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'''Gnaeus Pompeius Magnus''', better known simply as Pompey or Pompey the Great ('Magnus' means 'great'), was an ancient Roman general, politician, and the most famous rival of Creator/GaiusJuliusCaesar.

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'''Gnaeus Gnaeus Pompeius Magnus''', Magnus, better known simply as Pompey or Pompey the Great ('Magnus' means 'great'), was an ancient Roman general, politician, and the most famous rival of Creator/GaiusJuliusCaesar.
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Regardless of his methods, and how much credit he did or did not steal, Pompey was incredibly popular in Rome, especially after a highly successful campaign against the pirates that plagued the Mediterranean and a war in the Near East that (amongst other things) firmly brought Judea under Roman domination. In his middle age, he was able to parlay his enormous clout and wealth into an alliance with two of his rivals - the ridiculously wealthy Marcus Crassus and the [[ImpoverishedPatrician relatively poor]] but brilliant young aristocrat Creator/GaiusJuliusCaesar. Between them, the three became unofficial rulers of Rome, dividing the best provinces between them. Caesar and Crassus both wanted and got wars so they could gain plunder and glory, while Pompey, HappilyMarried to Caesar's teenage daughter Julia, settled down in Rome for an extended honeymoon.

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Regardless of his methods, and how much credit he did or did not steal, Pompey was incredibly popular in Rome, especially after a highly successful campaign against the pirates that plagued the Mediterranean and a war in the Near East that (amongst other things) firmly brought Judea under Roman domination. In his middle age, he was able to parlay his enormous clout and wealth into an alliance with two of his rivals - the ridiculously wealthy Marcus Crassus and the [[ImpoverishedPatrician relatively poor]] but brilliant young aristocrat Creator/GaiusJuliusCaesar.UsefulNotes/JuliusCaesar. Between them, the three became unofficial rulers of Rome, dividing the best provinces between them. Caesar and Crassus both wanted and got wars so they could gain plunder and glory, while Pompey, HappilyMarried to Caesar's teenage daughter Julia, settled down in Rome for an extended honeymoon.
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* Pompey is one of the main characters of the 2002 miniseries ''Julius Caesar'', which also shows him as one of the Roman dictator Sulla's men before he becomes an ally of Caesar.
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* In ''WebVideo/EpicRapBattlesOfHistory'', he shows up during the Ivan the Terrible vs. UsefulNotes/AlexanderTheGreat battle... for all of about four seconds, before UsefulNotes/CatherineTheGreat lops off his head.
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