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Romes First

Triumvirate
60 B.C.E. 53 B.C.E

What is a Triumvirate?

Tri-um-vi-rate a government
of three officers or
magistrates functioning
jointly.

Members of the Triumvirate


1. Gnaeus

Pompeius Magnus Pompey


the Great

2. Marcus
3. Gaius

Licinius Crassus

Julius Caesar Julius Caesar

Who Were These Men?

Gnaeus Pompeius Magnus


Pompey the Great

Pompey - Roman army under the rule of


Sulla.
When Sulla died in 78 BCE Pompey
asked the Senate for a series of special
high commands so he could deal with
the revolts that were plaguing the
Republic at that time.
Pompey quickly dealt with the many
problems plaguing Rome while all the
time gaining more Senate approved
powers.
In 70 BCE Pompey joined forces with
the newly elected Consul, Crassus.
Before Pompey joined the triumvirate
he single-handedly redrew the map of
the Eastern Mediterranean by
developing new cities through conquest.
Pompey, through his victories had
increased Romes annual income by 70
percent.

Marcus Licinius Crassus

Crassus was know in late Republic as


Romes richest man.

not born into a life of money

gained much of his wealth through


greedy schemes by becoming the cities
greatest landlord

Crassus used this money to support


political ambitions, which lead to his
being appointed Consul in 70 BCE.

Crassuss biggest military achievement


was his defeat of Spartacus and the
slave revolt in 71 BCE.

Crassus, had joined forces in 70 BCE


with Pompey, and would eventually
help form Romes triumvirate by 60
BCE.

Gaius Julius Caesar

Caesar, who was a military genius, was


elected Consul in 59 BCE with the help
of his triumvirate friends, Pompey and
Crassus.
one of the most celebrated figures in all
of Roman history.
popular at the time for his impressive
victories in Gaul, (modern-day France).
By the end of his conquests in Gaul,
Caesar had gained a huge section of
land for the Roman Republic stretching
from modern-day Spain to modern-day
Germany.

The Triumvirate

With the alliance of Pompey, Crassus, and Caesar in 60 BCE


Romes first triumvirate was born.
Immediately following the formation of the triumvirate Caesar
left to conquer Gaul for the next seven years leaving Pompey
and Crassus to govern much of the Republic.
The three rulers controlled most of the Roman military.
Crassus, wanting to gain more power left to conquer Syria but
was killed in 53 BCE.
With the death of Crassus as well as Pompeys wife, who
happened to be Caesars sister, the triumvirate disintegrated into
a two man alliance.

Triumvirate cont.

Finally in 52 BCE with Caesar still in Gaul, Caesars enemies


persuaded the Senate to declare Caesar a public enemy
then they asked Pompey to save the Republic
The alliance of Pompey and Caesar was now in serious trouble
The civil war that was to follow would prove to be a great
power struggle between Pompey, Caesar, and the Senate

Civil War and the


fall of the republic

At the start of the war Caesar and his army marched on Rome

While crossing the Rubicon river (the northern boarder of Italy) Caesar
declared, the die is cast,- no turning back

Caesar easily swept to victory over the Senatorial army lead by Pompey in
48 BCE, and completely destroyed them in 45 BCE.

In 45 BCE Pompey was stabbed to death while coming ashore in Egypt as he


fled the wrath of Caesar.

Caesar was now the sole ruler of Rome, declaring himself. dictator for life.

That same year Caesar was assassinated by sixty Senators fearing his grip on
power.

The assassination of Caesar was the first assassination of a head of state in


Rome in eighty-nine years and would signal the start of the pattern of political
scandal and murder. The Republic was now dead and the age of the Emperor
was in place, Rome would stay much the same until the demise of the10 Western
Empire in 476 CE.