Pompey: The Background, Strategies, Tactics and Battlefield Experiences of the Greatest Commanders of History

Pompey: The Background, Strategies, Tactics and Battlefield Experiences of the Greatest Commanders of History

Nic Fields

Language: English

Pages: 68

ISBN: 2:00256514

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


Osprey Command Series #23

Pompey, or Pompey the Great, was one of the best military leaders of the late Roman Republic. His campaigns against the Marians, his battles in Hispania and his defeat of the Mediterranean pirates launched him to political stardom where he became an ally of Julius Caesar and a member of the First Triumvirate. However, an alliance between two such ambitious figures could not last, and the two became bitter rivals as the Republic descended into civil war. This book tells the complete story of Pompey as a military commander, pulling him out from the shadows of Julius Caesar's writings and examining him and his campaigns on their own merits.

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auxiliaries, and the Armenian king was extremely sorry that he had only one Roman general to fight. The royal quip provoked much sycophantic mirth. Soon afterwards, Lucullus' legions cut Tigranes' great host to pieces in a matter of hours. Tigranes' showpiece capital was then stormed and literally taken apart. With their customary brutal efficiency, the Romans stripped the city bare, Lucullus taking the royal treasury, and his men everything else. In 68 BC Mithridates slipped out of Armenia and

so-called conference took place between the 'big three' in order to settle their supposed differences and ordain the course of future political events. In truth, it was meeting just between two of the dynasts, Pompey and Caesar, the latter looking after the interests of the third, Crassus. According to an aside from Cicero (/am. 1.9.5), a man surely in the know, Caesar had previously met with Crassus at Ravenna. (Fototeca ENIT) 43 The Rubicon, flowing through Bellaria-Igea Marina,

ultimate accolade for a general deemed to have won a significant victory over a worthy, foreign foe. The triumph was a procession from the campus Martius to the temple of Iuppiter Capitolinus (aka Iuppiter Best and Greatest) on the Capitoline Hill, today's Campidoglio, the most sacred spot in Rome. Here the triumphator gave thanks for his victory, which must have been substantial to merit this sort of celebration. Gaining a triumph was by no means easy; a number of conditions had to be met before

Marcus Aemilius Lepidus, attempted to undo the Sullan reforms. However, political opposition from the oligarchy of Sulla caused him to resort to armed revolt, exploiting the tension between Sullan colonists and the indigenous inhabitants in Etruria. In an effort to strengthen his power base he championed the cause of the dispossessed, promising to give back to them the land that Sulla had confiscated for the settlement of his own veteran soldiers. Lepidus sought help from the governor of Gallia

Gaul, Pompey was forced to use this watershed pass when making his way to Iberia in 77 BC (Sail. Hist. 2.98). He probably skirmished with a few local Gauls en route, but he met no serious opposition, reaching the southernmost bend of the Durance river by mid-September. (Francofranco56) 13 Remains of the Via Domitia at the oppidum of Ambrussum. This was the first Roman road Laid in Gaul, Linking Italy to Iberia through Gallia Transalpina, crossing the Alps by one of the easiest passes, the Col

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