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Marcus Licinius Crassus

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Crassus, Marcus Licinius (11 5—53 BC) – Roman financier, statesman and general

Great wealth does not always bring one happiness, and Crassus’ enormous riches brought him no happiness at all. His ability to make money was natural and seemingly effortless, and yet he craved, above all else, to be liked by the masses. To this end he devoted his varied career, but he was not successful.

Crassus came from the ranks of the aristocracy, and he entered politics in the orthodox way. In the time of Sulla (p. 31), he proved a good general who took decisions firmly and cared for his men. It was he, rather than Pompey, who crushed the dangerous revolt of Sparta-cus. While he was following his career as soldier and politician, he was also building up his large fortune in property deals, trading and money lending. He did well in the proscriptions of Sulla (82), buying up properties confiscated when the owners had been executed. One of those he lent money to for many years was Caesar-in our money it amounted to over ¿2 million-and he got it all back with interest. This was some testimony to his faith in Caesar’s potential greatness.

Crassus’ wealth did not endear him to the masses, although he supported the popular party and put his riches at its disposal. Perhaps people were put off by the way he became rich. He gave several monster banquets in Rome, with seats for ten thousand a time, but while many ate and drank their fill, few were grateful.

Crassus joined Caesar and Pompey in the First Triumvirate in 60-59 BC, and in Caesar’s absence in Gaul, he watched over his interests in Rome. In 54 he was given the command of a large army with which to deal with the Parthians in the Near East, but the following year he was utterly defeated at Carrhae and killed. His head was taken to the Parthian king, Orodes, who ordered molten gold to be poured down the throat.

Marcus Licinius Crassus

Marcus Licinius Crassus