By Si Sheppard
Expanding pressure among Julius Caesar and Pompeius Magnus (Pompey the good) after the loss of life of Marcus Licinius Crassus quickly degenerated into army clash. along with his hand significantly bolstered by means of his election as Dictator via the Senate in Rome, Caesar knew that strength may in simple terms 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. inspite of the reinforcements introduced by means of Mark Antony, his try and overwhelm Pompey by means of laying siege to Dyrrachium used to be unsuccessful and he finally needed to withdrew into Thessaly, with Pompey in pursuit.
The level was once set for the ultimate conflict of the 2 titans of the Roman global and the chances have been seriously in Pompey's favour, with 45,000 males opposed to Caesar's 22,000. notwithstanding, the veteran legions unswerving to Caesar have been the simplest within the Roman military and the problem he confronted in actual fact influenced Caesar's tactical genius for conflict. Guessing that Pompey might try to crush his correct wing along with his cavalry, he hid elite cohorts of legionnaries in 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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