Marcus Licinius Crassus

Definition

Marcus Licinius Crassus (115-53 BCE) was perhaps the richest man in Roman history and in his eventful life he experienced both great successes and severe disappointments. His vast wealth and sharp political skills brought him two consulships and the kind of influence enjoyed only by a true heavyweight of Roman politics. A mentor to Julius Caesar in his early career, Crassus would rise to the very top of state affairs but his long search for a military triumph to match his great rival Pompey would, ultimately, bring about his downfall.

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  • 115 BCE - 53 BCE
    Life of Marcus Licinius Crassus.
  • 73 BCE
    Marcus Licinius Crassus is made praetor.
  • 71 BCE
    Marcus Licinius Crassus crushes the Spartacus slave revolt in southern Italy.
  • 70 BCE
    Pompey and Crassus are made consuls.
  • 65 BCE
    Marcus Licinius Crassus is made censor.
  • 60 BCE - 53 BCE
    First Triumvirate' between Caesar, Pompey and Crassus.
  • 55 BCE
    Marcus Licinius Crassus is made consul for the second time and departs on campaign in Parthia.
  • 53 BCE
    Battle of Carrhae. Crassus is captured and executed by the Parthians.
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