Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Possible Date for the Death of Crassus

Possible Date for the Death of Crassus
http://ancienthistory.about.com/b/2011/11/21/on-this-day-in-ancient-history-september-21.htm

On this day in 53 B.C. Marcus Licinius Crassus may have died. Crassus was a member of the first triumvirate, along with Pompey and Caesar. He was a very greedy, wealthy man, but not as capable a military leader as Pompey or Caesar. However, it was largely through Crassus' efforts that the rebellion of Spartacus was put down in 71 B.C., even though Pompey took the credit.

In 53 B.C., Crassus was governor of Syria. He was attempting to earn glory for himself by invading Parthia, even though there was no justification for it. It was after the battle at Carrhae that Crassus was killed.

Read more about Crassus in Bingley's Biography of Crassus.