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Based on Encyclopedia Good POMPEY THE GREAT Pompey was a Roman general and political leader He was a member of the first Triumvirate with Julius Caesar and Marcus Crassus but later became Caesars enemy Pompey was born September 30 106 BC His first important military experiences were in the Social war during which his father Pompeius Strabo taught Pompey his military skills Pompey distinguished himself in the civil war between Lucies Sulla and Gaius Marius Pompey raised his own army in Picenum He did such a good job raising his army he was made an imperator general In 83 BC he was sent as an imperator general to Sicily and then to Africa Successes in both places earned Pompey the name Magnus and the honor of a triumph although he was little over 25 years old and legally unqualified for such a status Some years later the senate used his aid against the remnants of Marius factor Then in 77 BC Pompey moved against the Marian forces commanded by Quintus Sertorius in Spain There his operations were not rewarded but Sertorius death by poison permitted Pompeys return to Italy in time to annihilate the remnants of Spartacuss army fleeing from the defeat at Crassus hands 71 BC For his victory Pompey celebrated his second triumph although he still held public office He got a spot in office by moving into the highest office of all the consulship with Crassus as his colleague 70 BC Together they overthrew Sullas constitution by giving the plebian tribunes their former powers and the knights partial control of the law courts In 67 BC the tribune Aulus Gabinius by a bill gave extraordinary military powers to Pompey His objective was to deal with Piracy throughout the Mediterranean Pompey needed only three months to finish this task
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