TITLE

CAESAR'S African Campaign

AUTHOR(S)
Goldstein, Jonas
PUB. DATE
June 2006
SOURCE
Military History;Jun2006, Vol. 23 Issue 4, p26
SOURCE TYPE
Periodical
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
The article provides a historical account of the rise to power of Roman Empire leader Gaius Julius Caesar in 102 B. C. A populist, Caesar was finally elected pontifex maximus, the head of the state religion, in 63 BC. He also saw a chance to increase his power by supporting bills granting the military leader Gnaeus Pompeius Magnus, or Pompey the Great, his important assignments. In 61 BC Caesar got his first overseas command: proconsul in the province of Further Spain, where he carried out a victorious campaign against the Lusitanians. When he returned from Spain early in 60 BC, the staunch Republican Marcus Porcius Cato Minor led the Senate in blocking his request to be allowed to stand for the consulship in absentia, and further acted to discourage his rise. Caesar retaliated by seeking the support of Pompey and Marcus Licinius Crassus, who were also troubled by senatorial power. With their backing, he was elected consul for 59 BC, and the trio's ensuing partnership was known as the "First Triumvirate."
ACCESSION #
21310476

 

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