The Political Role of Cn. Pompeius in the Roman Republic during the First Civil War and the Dictatorship of Sulla Cover Image
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Polityczna rola Gn. Pompejusza w Republice Rzymskiej w okresie pierwszej wojny domowej i dyktatury sullańskiej
The Political Role of Cn. Pompeius in the Roman Republic during the First Civil War and the Dictatorship of Sulla

Author(s): Tomasz Ładoń
Subject(s): History
Published by: Wydawnictwo Uniwersytetu Śląskiego
Summary/Abstract: The article concerns the early political career of Cn. Pompeius Magnus. Clearly, it can be distinguished into three deparate stages. Between 87—84 BC (that is, during the so-called domination Cinnae) Pompey was associated with the Cinnans. This is evidenced by his marriage with Antistia (daughter of P. Antistius) and the involvement of leading Cinnans in the legal proceedings incurred by Pompey after the death of his father, Pompeius Strabo. In the Cinnan camp Pompey did not play an important role due to his young age and limited experience. He was valuable for Cinna, however, because of the influence in Picenum and among veterans of his father.The second stage of Pompey’s career was his activity for the benefit of Sulla. Pompey joinedSulla in 83 BC, fought at his side in the civil war with the Cinnans, and then carried out important military missions in Sicily and Africa. Military achievements strengthened political significance of Pompey in the Republic, and his position increased even more after the celebration of triumph in 81 BC.Between 81—79 BC Pompey gradually moved away from the dictator and strongly tied himself with gens Caecilia. He also began to build his own political base in the Senate. His active participation in political life is proved, for instance, by his support given to M. Aemilius Lepidus — in spite of Sulla — in the consular election of 78 BC. Pompey, however, has not withdrawn from the Sullan camp and after the outbreak of rebellion of Lepidus, sided with the Sullan Senate.

  • Page Range: 55-71
  • Page Count: 17
  • Publication Year: 2018
  • Language: Polish