Pompey the Great

The Roman leader was born 29 September 106 BC.

The Triumph of Pompey, Gabriel de Saint-Aubin. Watercolour, c.1765. Metropolitan Museum of Art/Wiki Commons.

Triumvir Gnaeus Pompeius Magnus, usually known as Pompey the Great, was the son of a Roman arriviste ‘New Man’, Gnaeus Pompeius, known less flatteringly as Pompeius Strabo – Pompey the Cross-Eyed.

His early career was marked out by good fortune. Having inherited his father’s estate and the devotion of his legions at the age of just 20, he found himself on trial for his father’s alleged crimes of stealing public property. Pompey was acquitted and the judge arranged for him to marry his daughter.

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