Pharsalus 48 BC: Caesar and Pompey - Clash of the Titans (Campaign, Volume 174)

Pharsalus 48 BC: Caesar and Pompey - Clash of the Titans (Campaign, Volume 174)

Si Sheppard

expanding rigidity among Julius Caesar and Pompeius Magnus (Pompey the nice) after the demise of Marcus Licinius Crassus quickly degenerated into army clash. along with his hand significantly bolstered via his election as Dictator via the Senate in Rome, Caesar knew that strength may merely be a fact as soon as he had militarily defeated Pompey. via August 49BC, Caesar had successfully destroyed Pompey's armies in Spain, yet, by the point he had crossed the Adriatic pursuing him eastward, his forces have been seriously outnumbered. despite the reinforcements introduced by way of Mark Antony, his try to overwhelm Pompey via laying siege to Dyrrachium was once unsuccessful and he finally needed to withdrew into Thessaly, with Pompey in pursuit.

The degree was once set for the ultimate conflict of the 2 titans of the Roman global and the percentages have been seriously in Pompey's favour, with 45,000 males opposed to Caesar's 22,000. even though, the veteran legions unswerving to Caesar have been the easiest within the Roman military and the problem he confronted basically motivated Caesar's tactical genius for conflict. Guessing that Pompey may try to weigh down his correct wing together with his cavalry, he hid elite cohorts of legionnaries at the back of his personal seriously outnumbered horsemen with orders to struggle at shut quarters like pikemen. Caesar's predictions have been right and, faraway from overwhelming his uncovered correct flank, Pompey's left flank was once routed, permitting Caesar to envelop and scatter the remainder of his army.

Simon Sheppard expertly charts the occasions top as much as the Pharsalus crusade, the process the conflict itself and the seismic implications of this decisive conflict among the 2 maximum generals in their age.

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