History UsefulNotes / PompeyTheGreat

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.
UsefulNotes/JuliusCaesar.



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.
26th Oct '16 4:23:33 AM Morgenthaler
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26th Oct '16 4:22:02 AM Morgenthaler
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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.
15th Jul '16 8:19:51 PM FordPrefect
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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.
19th Sep '15 6:15:01 AM Morgenthaler
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** In ''Theatre/LovesLaboursLost'' the lower characters put on a show of "The Nine Worthies" for the King and his lords (''a la'' the Mechanicals [[ShowWithinAShow Play Within A Play]] scene in ''AMidsummerNightsDream''). One of them plays Pompey.

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** In ''Theatre/LovesLaboursLost'' the lower characters put on a show of "The Nine Worthies" for the King and his lords (''a la'' the Mechanicals [[ShowWithinAShow Play Within A Play]] scene in ''AMidsummerNightsDream'').''Theatre/AMidsummerNightsDream''). One of them plays Pompey.



* Pompey is a major protagonist in Colleen [=McCullough's=] ''MastersOfRome'' series.
* He appears in Steven Saylor's ''RomaSubRosa'' series.

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* Pompey is a major protagonist in Colleen [=McCullough's=] ''MastersOfRome'' ''Literature/MastersOfRome'' series.
* He appears in Steven Saylor's ''RomaSubRosa'' ''Literature/RomaSubRosa'' series.
18th Aug '15 9:12:39 AM gallium
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* Appears in the Robert Harris novels ''{{Imperium}}'' and ''Lustrum''. He's portrayed as a capable general but not quite as adept in politics.

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* Appears in the Robert Harris novels ''{{Imperium}}'' ''Literature/{{Imperium}}'' and ''Lustrum''. He's portrayed as a capable general but not quite as adept in politics.
5th Aug '15 1:48:11 AM Morgenthaler
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4th Aug '15 10:06:37 PM phoenix
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!!Relevant Tropes:

* AntagonistInMourning: Reportedly, Caesar wept when Pompey's head was brought to him.
* AppealToForce: He provides the page quote.
* FormerTeenRebel: As a young man broke nearly every rule in Roman political life, then ended up leading the traditional Republican faction against Caesar.
* FourStarBadass

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!!Relevant Tropes:

* AntagonistInMourning: Reportedly, Caesar wept when Pompey's head was brought to him.
* AppealToForce: He provides the page quote.
* FormerTeenRebel: As a young man broke nearly every rule

!!Tropes as portrayed
in Roman political life, then ended up leading the traditional Republican faction against Caesar.
* FourStarBadass
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* MagnificentBastard
* NamesTheSame: Has nothing to do with Pompeii, the Roman city which infamously got an overdose of volcano.
* NothingCanStopUsNow: Allegedly, at the Battle of Pharsalus, Pompey ordered beforehand a great feast to be prepared. He gathered his higher-ranking subordinates around the table, and as Caesar approached, told them that they would ride out to battle, defeat Caesar, then return to enjoy their feast. His army was routed, and he himself fled the battlefield. Caesar pursued him, came across the meal, and he and his soldiers sat down to enjoy Pompey's feast. (They returned to the battlefield when a messenger brought news that Caesar's armies were slaughtering Pompey's defeated ones; Caesar didn't want his soldiers spilling Roman blood, after all.)
* OvershadowedByAwesome: He wasn't called [[TheMagnificent Magnus]] for nothing. He was a FourStarBadass on his own right, but Caesar was even better.
* PerfectlyArrangedMarriage: He married his wives for political reasons, but came to like them genuinely soon thereafter. The biggest example was Julia.
* PowerTrio: The First Triumvirate with Caesar and the absurdly rich Crassus. Established during Pompey's heyday, Caesar - still a rising star - was the one who benefited the most from it.
* SickeninglySweethearts: Pompey and Julia (see below) fell very much in love and were ''very'' public about it in a way that scandalised Romans (marriage was a political union, not a love match, and Pompey's public affections made him look very undignified in Roman eyes).
* SpotlightStealingSquad: As he returned from the Sertorian War (a major native-assisted mutiny of the Roman legions in Hispania, against which the Romans were losing until Pompey's intervention), Pompey stumbled on some survivors from Spartacus' recently annihilated army, and, after killing them, successfully claimed the glory of putting down Spartacus' rebellion, to the chagrin of Crassus (the one who had successfully kicked back into shape the Roman armies defeated by Spartacus and annihilated the rebelling slaves). To be fair, Pompey's message to the Senate admitted that Crassus had defeated the slaves and only claimed credit for finishing the job, but that was enough for the Senate and the people to give him most of the credit.
* UglyGuyHotWife: Married to the famously beautiful (and much, much younger) Julia.
* WeUsedToBeFriends: Caesar and Pompey were very close associates during the First Triumvirate. They fell apart apart when Caesar's daughter and Pompey's wife died and the Senate persuaded Pompey to go against him.
* WorthyOpponent: Caesar was his equal.


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5th Jun '14 8:15:16 PM henry42
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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 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; Caesar had the assassins executed.[[/note]].

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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 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.executed]].[[/note]].
3rd Feb '14 5:45:43 AM alchixinren
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* NamesTheSame: Has nothing to do with Pompeii, the Roman city which infamously got an overdose of volcano.
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