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85 – Pompey III: Fields of Pharsalus

85 – Pompey III: Fields of Pharsalus Episode Transcript

Life of Pompey Part 3 of 3: Pompey’s final rise to the heights of Roman power, his war with his friend Julius Caesar, and his final downfall.  

People:

(M. Tullius) Cicero 
(Titus Pomponius) Atticus 
C. Julius Caesar 
Cn. Pompeius Magnus (Pompey) 
Julia, Caesar’s Daughter 
(M. Licinius) Crassus 
(L. Domitius) Ahenobarbus – Optimate Stalwart (Cos. 54) 
(M. Porcius) Cato “The Younger” – the Stoic 
(M. Calpurnius) Bibulus – Cos. 59 
P. Clodius Pulcher – Populist Thug lord 
(T. Annius) Milo – Pompey’s Thug lord 
M. Caelius (Rufus) – Cicero’s young political analyst friend 
Publius Licinius Crassus – The Richest Man’s Son 
Cornelia – Pompey’s final wife 
(Q. Caecilius) Metellus (Pius) Scipio – Pompey’s new Father in Law 
Aulus Gabinius – Pompey’s friend, exiled after Egyptian expedition 
Ptolemy XII Auletes (“The Piper”) – exiled king of Egypt 
(C. Scribonius) Curio – Optimate turncoat, Caesar’s tribune 
M. Antonius (Mark Antony) 
M. Claudius Marcellus – Optimate stalwart (Cos 51) 
C. Claudius Marcellus – Optimate stalwart (Cos. 50, cousin of Cos. 51) 
M. Favonius – “Stamp, Pompey!” Senator 
Themistocles – Athenian statesman 
Camillus – 4th c. BC Roman statesman 
T. Labienus – Caesar’s general, deserted to Pompey 
(M. Junius) Brutus – Future Conspirator 
Theophanes of Mytilene – the Historian 
Crassianus – Caesar’s centurion at Pharsalus 
Cratippus of Pergamon – Philosopher at Mytilene 
Ptolemy XIII – Boy king of Egypt 
Potheinus – Ptolemy XIII’s Eunuch 
Achillas – Ptolemy XIII’s General 
Theodotus – Ptolemy XIII’s Rhetoric Teacher 
Philippus – Pompey’s freedman   
Places: 
The Roman Forum 
The Tiber River 
Parthia 
Carrhae (Battle of) – in Mesopotamia (Parthian Empire) 
Gaul (Mod. France) 
Pompey’s Theater (“Temple of Venus”) 
Alesia (Battle of) – in Gaul 
Naples (Neapolis) 
Ravenna (N. Italy, “Cisalpine Gaul” then) 
Rubicon River 
Ariminum (Rimini) 
Corfinium – Italian town in the Apennines 
Brundisium – Eastern Port in Italy 
Dyrrhachium (Mod. Durrës) – in Epirus (Rom. province of Macedonia) 
Thessaly – large plain in central Greece 
Pharsalus – town in Thessaly 
Tempē – Valley in Thessaly 
Mytilene – City on island of Lesbos