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Marcus Licinius Crassus
Marcus Licinius Crassus
(/ˈkræsəs/;[2] c. 115–53 BC) was a Roman general and politician who played a key role in the transformation of the Roman Republic
Roman Republic
into the Roman Empire. Crassus began his public career as a military commander under Lucius Cornelius Sulla
Sulla
during his civil war. Following Sulla's assumption of the dictatorship, Crassus amassed an enormous fortune through real estate speculation. Crassus rose to political prominence following his victory over the slave revolt led by Spartacus, sharing the consulship with his rival Pompey
Pompey
the Great. A political and financial patron of Julius Caesar, Crassus joined Caesar and Pompey
Pompey
in the unofficial political alliance known as the First Triumvirate. Together the three men dominated the Roman political system. The alliance did not last long, due to the ambitions, egos, and jealousies of the three men. While Caesar and Crassus were lifelong allies, Crassus and Pompey
Pompey
disliked each other and Pompey
Pompey
grew increasingly envious of Caesar's spectacular successes in the Gallic Wars. The alliance was re-stabilized at the Lucca Conference in 56 BC, after which Crassus and Pompey
Pompey
again served jointly as consuls. Following his second consulship, Crassus was appointed as the Governor of Roman Syria. Crassus used Syria
Syria
as the launchpad for a military campaign against the Parthian Empire, Rome's long-time Eastern enemy. Crassus' campaign was a disastrous failure, ending in his defeat and death at the Battle of Carrhae. Crassus' death permanently unraveled the alliance between Caesar and Pompey. Within four years of Crassus' death, Caesar would cross the Rubicon and begin a civil war against Pompey
Pompey
and the optimates.

Contents

1 Family and background 2 History

2.1 Youth and the First Civil War 2.2 Rise to power and wealth 2.3 Crassus and Spartacus 2.4 Alliance with Pompey
Pompey
and Caesar 2.5 Syrian governorship and death

3 Chronology 4 Artistic representations

4.1 Literature 4.2 Ballet 4.3 Drama 4.4 Music 4.5 Video games

5 See also 6 Notes 7 References

7.1 Primary sources 7.2 Modern works

8 External links

Family and background[edit] Marcus Licinius Crassus
Marcus Licinius Crassus
was the second of three sons born to the eminent senator and vir triumphalis Publius Licinius Crassus Dives (consul 97, censor 89 BC). This line was not descended from the Crassi Divites, although often assumed to be. The eldest brother Publius (born c. 116 BC) died shortly before the Italic War and Marcus took the brother's wife as his own. His father and the youngest brother Gaius took their own lives in Rome
Rome
in winter 87–86 BC to avoid capture when he was being hunted down by the Marians following their victory in the bellum Octavianum.[3] There were three main branches of the house of the Licinii Crassi in the 2nd and 1st centuries BC,[4] and many mistakes in identifications and lines have arisen owing to the uniformity of Roman nomenclature, erroneous modern suppositions, and the unevenness of information across the generations. In addition the Dives cognomen of the Crassi Divites means rich or wealthy, and since Marcus Crassus, the subject here, was renowned for his enormous wealth, this has contributed to hasty assumptions that his family belonged to the Divites. But no ancient source accords him or his father the Dives cognomen; in fact, we are explicitly informed that his great wealth was acquired rather than inherited, and that he was raised in modest circumstances.[5] Crassus' grandfather of the same name, Marcus Licinius Crassus[citation needed] (praetor c.126 BC), was facetiously given the Greek nickname Agelastus (the unlaughing or grim) by his contemporary Gaius Lucilius, the famous inventor of Roman satire, who asserted that he smiled once in his whole life. This grandfather was son of Publius Licinius Crassus (consul 171 BC). The latter's brother Gaius Licinius Crassus (consul 168 BC) produced the third line of Licinii Crassi of the period, the most famous of whom was Lucius Licinius Crassus, the greatest Roman orator before Cicero
Cicero
and the latter's childhood hero and model. Marcus Crassus was also a talented orator and one of the most energetic and active advocates of his time. History[edit] Youth and the First Civil War[edit] After the Marian purges and the sudden death subsequently of Gaius Marius, the surviving consul Lucius Cornelius Cinna
Lucius Cornelius Cinna
(father-in-law of Julius Caesar) imposed proscriptions on those surviving Roman senators and equestrians who had supported Lucius Cornelius Sulla
Sulla
in his 88 BC march on Rome
Rome
and overthrow of the traditional Roman political arrangements. Cinna's proscription forced Crassus to flee to Hispania.[6] After Cinna's death in 84 BC, Crassus went to the Roman province of Africa and joined Metellus Pius, one of Sulla's closest allies. He did not stay there long because of disagreements with Metellus and joined Sulla
Sulla
"with whom he stood in a position of special honour". [7] During Sulla's second civil war, Crassus and Gnaeus Pompey
Pompey
fought a battle in the plain of Spoletium (Spoleto), killed some 3000 of the men of Gnaeus Papirius Carbo, the leader of the Marian forces, and besieged Carinas, a Marian commander.[8] Rise to power and wealth[edit]

Roman bust of Crassus in the Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek, Copenhagen

Marcus Licinius Crassus' next concern was to rebuild the fortunes of his family, which had been confiscated during the Marian-Cinnan proscriptions. Sulla's proscriptions, in which the property of his victims was cheaply auctioned off, found one of the greatest acquirers of this type of property in Crassus: indeed, Sulla
Sulla
was especially supportive of this because he wished to spread around the blame as much as possible, among those unscrupulous enough to do so. Sulla's proscriptions ensured that his survivors would recoup their lost fortunes from the fortunes of wealthy adherents to Gaius Marius
Gaius Marius
or Lucius Cornelius Cinna. Proscriptions meant that their political enemies lost their fortunes and their lives; that their female relatives (notably, widows and widowed daughters) were forbidden to remarry; and that in some cases, their families' hopes of rebuilding their fortunes and political significance were destroyed. Crassus is said to have made part of his money from proscriptions, notably the proscription of one man whose name was not initially on the list of those proscribed but was added by Crassus who coveted the man's fortune.[9] Crassus's wealth is estimated by Pliny at approximately 200 million sestertii. Plutarch, in his "Life of Crassus," says the wealth of Crassus increased from less than 300 talents at first to 7,100 talents.[10] This represented 229 tonnes of gold, or about 7.4 million troy ounces, worth about $9 billion US dollars today, accounted right before his Parthian expedition, most of which Plutarch declares Crassus got "by fire and war, making the public calamities his greatest source of revenue."[11]. Some of Crassus' wealth was acquired conventionally, through traffic in slaves, production from silver mines, and speculative real estate purchases. Crassus bought property which was confiscated in proscriptions. He notoriously purchased burnt and collapsed buildings. Plutarch
Plutarch
wrote that observing how frequent such occurrences were, he bought slaves 'who were architects and builders.' When he had over 500 slaves he bought houses which had burnt and the adjacent 'ones because their owners would let go at a trifling price.' He bought 'the largest part of Rome' in this way.[12] He bought them on the cheap and rebuilt them with slave labour. Crassus assiduously befriended Licinia, a Vestal Virgin, whose valuable property he coveted. Plutarch
Plutarch
says: "And yet when he was further on in years, he was accused of criminal intimacy with Licinia, one of the vestal virgins and Licinia was formally prosecuted by a certain Plotius. Now Licinia was the owner of a pleasant villa in the suburbs which Crassus wished to get at a low price, and it was for this reason that he was forever hovering about the woman and paying his court to her, until he fell under the abominable suspicion. And in a way it was his avarice that absolved him from the charge of corrupting the vestal, and he was acquitted by the judges. But he did not let Licinia go until he had acquired her property." [13] After rebuilding his fortune, Crassus' next concern was his political career. As a wealthy man in Rome, an adherent of Sulla, and a man who hailed from a line of consuls and praetors, Crassus' political future was apparently assured. His problem was that despite his military successes, he was eclipsed by his contemporary Pompey the Great
Pompey the Great
who blackmailed the dictator Sulla
Sulla
into granting him a triumph for victory in Africa over a rag-tag group of dissident Romans; a first in Roman history on a couple of counts. First, Pompey
Pompey
was not even a praetor, on which grounds a triumph had been denied in 206 BC to the great Scipio Africanus, who had just defeated Hannibal's brother Hasdrubal in Spain and brought Rome
Rome
the entire province of Hispania. Second, Pompey
Pompey
had defeated fellow Romans, rather than a foreign enemy; however, a quasi-precedent had been set when the consul Lucius Julius Caesar (a relative of Gaius Julius Caesar) had been granted a triumph for a small victory over Italian (non-Roman) peoples in the Social War. Pompey's triumph was the first granted to any Roman for defeating another Roman army. Crassus' rivalry with Pompey
Pompey
and his envy of Pompey's triumph would influence his subsequent career. Crassus and Spartacus[edit] Crassus was rising steadily up the cursus honorum, the sequence of offices held by Roman citizens seeking political power, when ordinary Roman politics were interrupted by two events – first, the Third Mithridatic War, and second, the Third Servile War, which was the two-year rebellion of slaves under the leadership of Spartacus
Spartacus
(from the Summer of 73 BC to the Spring, 71 BC).[14] In response to the first threat, Rome's best general, Lucius Licinius Lucullus
Lucullus
(consul in 74 BC), was sent to defeat Mithridates, followed shortly by his brother Varro Lucullus
Lucullus
(consul in 73 BC, whose daughter Tertulla later became Crassus' wife[1]). Meanwhile, Pompey
Pompey
was fighting in Hispania against Quintus Sertorius, the last effective Marian general, without notable advantage. Pompey
Pompey
succeeded only when Sertorius was assassinated by one of his own commanders. The only source to mention Crassus holding the office of praetor is Appian, and the date appears to be in 73 or possibly 72 BC.[15] The Senate did not initially take the slave rebellion seriously, until they believed Rome
Rome
itself was under threat. Crassus offered to equip, train, and lead new troops, at his own expense, after several legions had been defeated and their commanders killed in battle or taken prisoner. Eventually, Crassus was sent into battle against Spartacus by the Senate. At first he had trouble both in anticipating Spartacus' moves and in inspiring his army and strengthening their morale. When a segment of his army fled from battle, abandoning their weapons, Crassus revived the ancient practice of decimation – i.e., executing one out of every ten men, with the victims selected by drawing lots. Plutarch
Plutarch
reports that "many things horrible and dreadful to see" occurred during the infliction of punishment, which was witnessed by the rest of Crassus' army.[16] Nevertheless, according to Appian, the troops' fighting spirit improved dramatically thereafter, since Crassus had demonstrated that "he was more dangerous to them than the enemy."[17] Afterwards, when Spartacus
Spartacus
retreated to the Bruttium
Bruttium
peninsula in the southwest of Italy,[14] Crassus tried to pen up his armies by building a ditch and a rampart across the peninsula of Rhegium in Bruttium, "from sea to sea." Despite this remarkable feat, Spartacus
Spartacus
and part of his army still managed to break out. On the night of a heavy snowstorm, they sneaked through Crassus' lines and made a bridge of dirt and tree branches over the ditch, thus escaping.[18] Some time later, when the Roman armies led by Pompey
Pompey
and Varro Lucullus
Lucullus
were recalled to Italy in support of Crassus, Spartacus decided to fight rather than find himself and his followers trapped between three armies, two of them returning from overseas action. In this last battle, the Battle of the Silarius River, Crassus gained a decisive victory, and captured six thousand slaves alive. During the fighting, Spartacus
Spartacus
attempted to kill Crassus personally, slaughtering his way toward the general's position, but he succeeded only in killing two of the centurions guarding Crassus.[19] Spartacus
Spartacus
himself is believed to have been killed in the battle, although his body was never recovered. The six thousand captured slaves were crucified along the Via Appia
Via Appia
by Crassus' orders. At his command, their bodies were not taken down afterwards but remained rotting along Rome's principal route to the South. This was intended as an object lesson to anyone who might think of rebelling against Rome
Rome
in the future, particularly of slave insurrections against their owners and masters, the Roman citizens. Crassus effectively ended the Third Servile War
Third Servile War
in 71 BC. In Plutarch's account, Crassus "had written to the senate that they must summon Lucullus
Lucullus
from Thrace and Pompey
Pompey
from Spain, but he was sorry now that he had done so, and was eager to bring the war to an end before those generals came. He knew that the success would be ascribed to the one who came up with assistance, and not to himself." [20] He decided to attack a splinter group of rebels. After this Spartacus withdrew to the mountains. Pompey
Pompey
had arrived from Hispania
Hispania
with his veterans and was sent to provide reinforcements. Crassus hurried to seek the final battle, which he won. Pompey
Pompey
arrived in time merely for a mop-up operation against the disorganized and defeated fugitives. Pompey
Pompey
wrote to the Senate that "indeed, Crassus had conquered the slaves, but that he himself had extirpated the war".[21] "Crassus, for all his self-approval, did not venture to ask for the major triumph, and it was thought ignoble and mean in him to celebrate even the minor triumph on foot, called the ovation. " [22] In Plutarch's account Pompey
Pompey
was asked to stand for the consulship. Crassus wanted to become his colleague and asked Pompey
Pompey
for his assistance; " Pompey
Pompey
received his request gladly (for he was desirous of having Crassus, in some way or other, always in debt to him for some favour), and eagerly promoted his candidature, and finally said in a speech to the assembly that he should be no less grateful to them for the colleague than for the office which he desired." [23] However, in office they did not remain friendly. They "differed on almost every measure, and by their contentiousness rendered their consulship barren politically and without achievement." [24] Crassus displayed his wealth by public sacrifices to Hercules
Hercules
and entertained the populace at 10,000 tables and distributing sufficient grain to last each family three months, an act which had the additional ends of performing a previously made religious vow of a tithe to the demigod Hercules
Hercules
and also to gain support among the members of the popular party. In Appian's account, Crassus ended the rebellion and there was a contention over honours between him and Pompey. Neither men dismissed their armies. Both were candidates for the consulship. Crassus had been praetor as the law of Sulla
Sulla
required. Pompey
Pompey
had been neither praetor nor quaestor, and was only thirty-four years old, but he had promised the plebeian tribunes to restore much of their power which had been taken away by Sulla's constitutional reforms. Even when they were both chosen consuls, they did not dismiss their armies stationed near the city. Pompey
Pompey
said that he was awaiting the return of Metellus for his Spanish triumph; Crassus said that Pompey
Pompey
ought to dismiss his army first. In the end Crassus yielded first, offering Pompey
Pompey
his hand.[25] Alliance with Pompey
Pompey
and Caesar[edit]

From left to right: Julius Caesar, Marcus Licinius Crassus, and Pompey the Great

In 65 BC, Crassus was elected censor with another conservative, Quintus Lutatius Catulus (Capitolinus), himself son of a consul. During that decade, Crassus was Julius Caesar's patron in all but name, financing Caesar's successful election to become Pontifex Maximus. Caesar had formerly been the priest of Jupiter or flamen dialis, but had been deprived of office by Sulla. Crassus also supported Caesar's efforts to win command of military campaigns. Caesar's mediation between Crassus and Pompey
Pompey
led to the creation of the First Triumvirate
First Triumvirate
in 60/59 BC, consisting of Crassus, Pompey, and Caesar (who became consul in 59). This coalition would last until Crassus' own death.

Denarius
Denarius
minted by Publius Licinius Crassus, son of the triumvir Marcus, as monetalis in 55 BC; on the obverse is a laureate bust of Venus, perhaps in honor of his commanding officer Julius Caesar; on the reverse is an unidentified female figure perhaps representing Gaul

In 55 BC, after the Triumvirate met at the Lucca
Lucca
Conference, Crassus was again consul with Pompey, and a law was passed assigning the provinces of the two Hispanias and Syria
Syria
to Pompey
Pompey
and Crassus respectively for five years. Syrian governorship and death[edit] Crassus received Syria
Syria
as his province, which promised to be an inexhaustible source of wealth. It may have been, had he not also sought military glory and crossed the Euphrates
Euphrates
in an attempt to conquer Parthia. Crassus attacked Parthia not only because of its great source of riches, but because of a desire to match the military victories of his two major rivals, Pompey the Great
Pompey the Great
and Julius Caesar. The king of Armenia, Artavazdes II, offered Crassus the aid of nearly forty thousand troops (ten thousand cataphracts and thirty thousand infantrymen) on the condition that Crassus invaded through Armenia
Armenia
so that the king could not only maintain the upkeep of his own troops but also provide a safer route for his men and Crassus'.[26] Crassus refused, and chose the more direct route by crossing the Euphrates. His legions were defeated at Carrhae (modern Harran
Harran
in Turkey) in 53 BC by a numerically inferior Parthian force. Crassus' legions were mainly infantry men and were not prepared for the type of swift, cavalry-and-arrow attack that the Parthian troops were particularly adept at. The Parthians
Parthians
would get within shooting range, rain a barrage of arrows down upon Crassus's troops, turn, fall back, and charge forth with another attack in the same vein. They were even able to shoot as well backwards as they could forwards, increasing the deadliness of their onslaught.[27] Crassus refused his quaestor Gaius Cassius Longinus's plans to reconstitute the Roman battle line, and remained in the testudo formation, thinking that the Parthians
Parthians
would eventually run out of arrows. Subsequently Crassus' men, being near mutiny, demanded he parley with the Parthians, who had offered to meet with him. Crassus, despondent at the death of his son Publius in the battle, finally agreed to meet the Parthian general; however, when Crassus mounted a horse to ride to the Parthian camp for a peace negotiation, his junior officer Octavius suspected a Parthian trap and grabbed Crassus' horse by the bridle, instigating a sudden fight with the Parthians
Parthians
that left the Roman party dead, including Crassus.[28] A story later emerged to the effect that after Crassus' death, the Parthians
Parthians
poured molten gold into his mouth as a symbol of his thirst for wealth.[29] The account given in Plutarch's biography of Crassus also mentions that, during the feasting and revelry in the wedding ceremony of Artavazdes's sister to the Parthian king Orodes II's son and heir Pacorus in the Armenian capital of Artashat, Crassus' head was brought to Orodes II.[30] Both kings were enjoying a performance of Euripides' Greek tragedy The Bacchae
The Bacchae
when a certain actor of the royal court, named Jason of Tralles, took the head and sang the following verses (also from the Bacchae):

We bring from the mountain A tendril fresh-cut to the palace A wonderful prey.[31]

Crassus' head was thus used in place of a prop head representing Pentheus
Pentheus
and carried by the heroine of the play, Agave.[32] Also according to Plutarch, a final mockery was made ridiculing the memory of Crassus, by dressing up a Roman prisoner, Caius Paccianus, who resembled him in appearance, in women's clothing, calling him "Crassus" and "Imperator", and leading him in a spectacular show of a final, mock "triumphal procession", putting to ridiculous use the traditional symbols of Roman triumph and authority.[33] Chronology[edit]

c. 115 BC – Crassus born, second of three sons of Publius Licinius Crassus (cos.97, cens.89) 97 BC – Father is consul of Rome 87 BC – Crassus flees to Hispania
Hispania
from Marian forces 84 BC – Joins Sulla
Sulla
against Marians 82 BC – Commanded the victorious right wing of Sulla's army at the Colline Gate, the decisive battle of the civil war, fought Kalends of November 78 BC – Sulla
Sulla
dies in the spring 73 BC – Revolt of Spartacus, probable year Crassus was praetor (75, 74, 73 all possible) 72 BC – Crassus given special command of the war against Spartacus following the ignominious defeats of both consuls 71 BC – Crassus destroys the remaining slave armies in the spring, elected consul in the summer 70 BC – Consulship of Crassus and Pompey 65 BC – Crassus Censor with Quintus Lutatius Catulus 63 BC – Catiline Conspiracy 59 BC – First Triumvirate
First Triumvirate
formed. Caesar is Consul 56 BC – Conference at Luca 55 BC – Second consulship of Crassus and Pompey. In November, Crassus leaves for Syria 54 BC – Campaign against the Parthians 53 BC – Crassus dies in the Battle of Carrhae

Artistic representations[edit] Literature[edit]

Crassus is a major character in Howard Fast's 1951 novel Spartacus. Crassus is a major character in the 1956 Alfred Duggan novel Winter Quarters. The novel follows two fictional Gallic nobles who join Julius Caesar's cavalry and then find their way into the service of Marcus' son, Publius Licinius Crassus, in Gaul. The characters eventually become clients of Publius Crassus, and, by extension, his father Marcus. The second half of the novel is related by its Gallic narrator from within the ranks of Crassus' doomed army en route to do battle with Parthia. The book depicts an overconfident and militarily incompetent Crassus up to the moment of his death. Crassus is a major character in the 1992 novel Arms of Nemesis by Steven Saylor. He is portrayed as the cousin and patron of Lucius Licinius, the investigation of whose murder forms the basis of the novel. He also has minor appearances in Roman Blood
Roman Blood
and Catalina's Riddle. In David Drake's Ranks of Bronze (1986), the Lost Legion is the major participant, although Crassus himself has been killed before the book begins. Crassus is a major character in Conn Iggulden's Emperor series The story of the Battle of Carrhae
Battle of Carrhae
is the centrepiece of Ben Kane's novel The Forgotten Legion (2008). Crassus is depicted as a vain man with poor military judgement. Crassus is a major character in Robert Harris's novel Lustrum (published as Conspirata in the USA), the sequel to Imperium, which both chronicle the career of Marcus Tullius Cicero. Crassus is a major character in the novels Fortune's Favourites and Caesar's Women by Colleen McCullough. He is portrayed as a brave but mediocre general, a brilliant financier, and a true friend of Caesar.

Ballet[edit]

Crassus (Russian: Красс) has a principal role in Aram Khachaturian's 1956 ballet Spartacus.

Drama[edit] Film

Crassus is a principal character in the 1960 film Spartacus, played by actor Laurence Olivier.[34] The film is based on Howard Fast's 1951 novel of the same name. A highly fictionalised version of Crassus called "Marcus Crassius" is an enemy figure in the film Amazons and Gladiators (2001), and is played by Patrick Bergin. They mention his defeating Spartacus
Spartacus
and that Caesar exiles him due to his popularity to a poor province, where he's very cruel to the populace; he conquers the Amazons, under Queen Zenobia (who apparently rules a tribe of Amazons in the same province, Pannae [Pannonia, one assumes]). In this film, he is killed by a young girl whose family he killed.

Television

Crassus is a principal character in the 2004 TV film Spartacus, played by actor Angus Macfadyen. Crassus appears in a 3rd season episode of Xena: Warrior Princess, where he is beheaded in the Colosseum. He is portrayed by Simon Merrells in Spartacus: War of the Damned as the main antagonist. Unlike in Alfred Duggan's novel, he is portrayed as a brilliant military tactician. Crassus was also mentioned in the fifth series of Horrible Histories, with a song dedicated to his life.[35]

Music[edit]

Crassus, along with Palene, is one of the two narrators in Jeff Wayne's Musical Version of Spartacus. He is played by Anthony Hopkins.

Video games[edit]

Crassus appears as one of the villains in the video game Spartan: Total Warrior. Crassus makes an appearance as a Great Merchant in the video game Sid Meier's Civilization V.

See also[edit]

List of wealthiest historical figures

Notes[edit]

^ a b Smith, William (1870). Dictionary of Greek and Roman Biography and Mythology. 2. , p. 831 ^ M·LICINIVS·P·F·P·N·CRASSVS In English: "Marcus Licinius Crassus, son of Publius, grandson of Publius" ^ Plutarch,Parallel Lives, The Life of Crassus, 4.1; also Cic.Scaur. fragment at Ascon.27G=23C, with Asconius' comment on the passage. ^ deducible from their common gentilicium and cognomen, while Cic.Scaur. fragment at Ascon.27G=23C explicitly states that the homonymous consulars who both took their own lives, P. Crassus Dives Mucianus (cos.131) and P. Crassus (cos.97), belonged to the same stirps ^ Plutarch. Parallel Lives, The Life of Crassus, 1.1; 2.2 ^ Plutarch, Parallel Lives, The Life of Crassus, 4.1 ^ Plutarch, Parallel Lives, The Life of Crassus, 6.2 ^ Appian, The Civil Wars, 1.90.1 ^ (Plutarch, The Life of Crassus, 6.6-7 (trans. Perrin, 1916). "It is said that in Bruttium
Bruttium
he actually proscribed a man without Sulla's orders, merely to get his property, and that for this reason Sulla, who disapproved of his conduct, never employed him again on public business.") ^ Plutarch
Plutarch
(1916). Parallel Lives, "Life of Crassus", 2.2. Loeb Classical Library. III. Translated by Perrin, Bernadotte. ISBN 9780674990722.  ^ Plutarch
Plutarch
(1916). Parallel Lives, "Life of Crassus", 2.3. Loeb Classical Library. III. Translated by Perrin, Bernadotte. ISBN 9780674990722.  ^ Plutarch, Parallel Lives, The Life of Crassus 2.3–4 ^ Plutarch, Parallel Lives, The Life of Crassus, 1 ^ a b Shaw, Brent D. Spartacus
Spartacus
and the Slave Wars. New York: Bedford/St. Martins, 2001. pp. 178–79. ^ Liv. Per. 97.1; Appian, Bellum Civile 1.121. This obscure passage is important because although Crassus was likely named pro-praetor against Spartacus
Spartacus
in 72, the mystery of Crassus' true praetorship has baffled many scholars. For example in a 1993 graduate seminar Hist 275A at UC Berkeley, Prof. Gruen documented for students that Pompey and maybe Crassus were the only two politicians not to abide by Sulla's laws for holding office in the proper sequence and at the proper age (Gruen, Last Generation of the Roman Republic, 509, his praetorship is listed as c. 73). The Appian
Appian
passage was found years after the seminar by Gaius Stern and appears in an upcoming paper. Livy implies, probably incorrectly, that Crassus was praetor in 72 against Spartacus, rather than fighting under a special authorization as a pro-praetor. Were he praetor in 72, his consulship 366 days later in 70 would be illegal according to Sulla's constitution. Eutrop. 6.7; call Crassus a pro-consul. See also the Penguin translator Rex Warner, Plut. Cras. 10, n. 26 citing Broughton MRR calling him a pro-consul. ^ Plutarch, Life of Crassus, 10.2–3 ^ Appian, The Civil Wars, I.18–19. Loeb Classics Edition, 1913. ^ Plutarch-Crassus, 10.4–6 ^ Plutarch, Life of Crassus, Chapter XI. Translated by Aubrey Stewart & George Long. London: George Bell & Sons, 1892. ^ Plutarch, Parallel Lives, The Life of Crassus, 11.2 ^ Plutarch, Parallel Lives, The Life of Crassus, 11.7 ^ Plutarch, Parallel Lives, The Life of Crassus, 11.8 ^ Plutarch, Parallel Lives, The Life of Crassus, 12.1 ^ Plutarch, Parallel Lives, The Life of Crassus, 12.2 ^ Appian, the Civil Wars, 1.121 ^ Plutarch. Life of Crassus. 19.1–3. ^ Richard Bulliet, Professor of Middle Eastern History, Columbia University ^ Bivar (1983), p. 55. ^ Cassius Dio 40.27 ^ Payaslian, Simon (2007). The history of Armenia : from the origins to the present (1st ed.). New York: Palgrave Macmillan. p. 24. ISBN 1403974675.  ^ Plutarch. Life of Crassus, 33.2–3. ^ Bivar (1983), p. 56. ^ Plutarch, 'Life Of Crassus,' p418: "That one of his captives who bore the greatest likeness to Crassus, Caius Paccianus, put on a woman's royal robe, and under instructions to answer to the name of Crassus and the title of Imperator when so addressed, was conducted along on horseback." ^ "Spartacus". 17 November 1960 – via www.imdb.com.  ^ "BBC - CBBC - Page not found". 

References[edit] Primary sources[edit]

Plutarch. "Life of Crassus". Parallel Lives. trans. Bernadotte Perrin (Loeb Classical Library ed.).  Plutarch. "Life of Crassus". Parallel Lives. trans. John Dryden. 

Plutarch. Plutarch's Lives Volume III at Project Gutenberg

Cicero. Letters of Marcus Tullius Cicero
Marcus Tullius Cicero
at Project Gutenberg Dio Cassius Book 40, Stanza 26 [1]

Modern works[edit]

Bivar, A.D.H. (1983). "The Political History of Iran Under the Arsacids," in The Cambridge History of Iran (Vol 3:1), 21–99. Edited by Ehsan Yarshater. London, New York, New Rochelle, Melbourne, and Sydney: Cambridge University Press. ISBN 0-521-20092-X. Marshall, B A: Crassus: A Political Biography (Adolf M Hakkert, Amsterdam, 1976) Ward, Allen Mason: Marcus Crassus and the Late Roman Republic (University of Missouri Press, 1977) Twyman, Briggs L: critical review of Marshall 1976 and Ward 1977, Classical Philology 74 (1979), 356–61 Hennessy, Dianne. (1990). Studies in Ancient Rome. Thomas Nelson Australia. ISBN 0-17-007413-7.  Holland, Tom. (2003). Rubicon: The Triumph and Tragedy of the Roman Republic. Little,Brown.  Sampson, Gareth C: The defeat of Rome: Crassus, Carrhae & the invasion of the east (Pen & Sword Books, 2008) ISBN 978-1-84415-676-4. Smith, William (1870). Dictionary of Greek and Roman Biography and Mythology. 2.  Marcus Licinius Crassus Lang, David Marshall: Armenia: cradle of civilization (Allen & Unwin, 1970)

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Crassus entry in historical sourcebook by Mahlon H. Smith

Political offices

Preceded by Publius Cornelius Lentulus Sura and Gnaeus Aufidius Orestes Consul of the Roman Republic with Gnaeus Pompeius Magnus 70 BC Succeeded by Quintus Caecilius Metellus Creticus and Quintus Hortensius

Preceded by Gnaeus Cornelius Lentulus Marcellinus and Lucius Marcius Philippus Consul of the Roman Republic with Gnaeus Pompeius Magnus 55 BC Succeeded by Appius Claudius Pulcher and Lucius Domitius Ahenobarbus

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The works of Plutarch

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Lives

Alcibiades
Alcibiades
and Coriolanus1 Alexander the Great
Alexander the Great
and Julius Caesar Aratus of Sicyon
Aratus of Sicyon
/ Artaxerxes and Galba
Galba
/ Otho2 Aristides
Aristides
and Cato the Elder1 Crassus and Nicias1 Demetrius and Antony1 Demosthenes
Demosthenes
and Cicero1 Dion and Brutus1 Fabius and Pericles1 Lucullus
Lucullus
and Cimon1 Lysander
Lysander
and Sulla1 Numa and Lycurgus1 Pelopidas
Pelopidas
and Marcellus1 Philopoemen
Philopoemen
and Flamininus1 Phocion
Phocion
and Cato the Younger Pompey
Pompey
and Agesilaus1 Poplicola and Solon1 Pyrrhus and Gaius Marius Romulus
Romulus
and Theseus1 Sertorius and Eumenes1 Agis / Cleomenes1 and Tiberius Gracchus
Tiberius Gracchus
/ Gaius Gracchus Timoleon
Timoleon
and Aemilius Paulus1 Themistocles
Themistocles
and Camillus

Translators and editors

Jacques Amyot Arthur Hugh Clough John Dryden Philemon Holland Thomas North

1 Comparison extant 2 Four unpaired Lives

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