Who Is Julius Caesar's First Triumvirate

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In the years of 52-50 BCE, Rome was being led by a crumbling first triumvirate. The remaining members of this triumvirate were Julius Caesar and Gnaeus Pompeius, also known simply as Pompey. Caesar was from a very noble family that was said to descend from Venus, goddess of love, and the legendary Aeneas. He was well educated and came to power when he allied with Crassus and Pompey. Pompey also came from a powerful family with a history of consulships. He defeated Sulla and helped Crassus stop a slave revolt led by Spartacus to gain prominence. The two men were allied with Crassus in the first triumvirate which meant they supported each other and alternated as consuls to retain their power. No one could stop them, except themselves. The…show more content…
Back in Rome chaos had ensued because of two men named Clodius and Milo. The two were running for offices and didn’t want each other winning. They hired street gangs that fought daily and the senate couldn't do anything. Finally Clodius was killed which only brought more chaos. Rome was in dire straights and the senate house was burned down with Clodius’s body. With no one else to turn to, the senate made Pompey dictator, or consul without a colleague as they called it. He restored the peace and became the senate’s savior. Pompey during his time as consul made laws preventing disorder and made a law changing how province governors were appointed. Whether this was Pompey’s intention or not, his law weakened Caesar’s position and made it very easy for him to be convicted of crimes once his term was up and his immunity was gone. Caesar and Pompey by the end of 50 BCE were headed to a show down and neither seemed to be flinching. Throughout the years as Caesar and Pompey fought, the consuls and senate were just pawns in their game. In 52 BCE, Pompey was the sole consul but later in the year Caecilius Mettellus Pius Scipio Nasica was hired as his colleague. In 51 BCE, Sulpicius Rufus and M. Claudius Marcellus served as the consuls. And lastly in 50 BCE, L. Aemilius Lepidus Paullus and C. Claudius Marcellus were
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