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  • Print publication year: 1994
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10 - Caesar, Pompey and Rome, 59–50 b.c.

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Summary
Julius Caesar's huge province, Narbonensian and Cisalpine Gaul, and the Adriatic coast of Illyricum, was threatened from both east and north. Burebista the Dacian had probably expanded his power across the Danube as far as the Gallic Taurisci, perilously close to the easily passable Julian Alps and the vulnerable north-east corner of Italy. Pompey's appeal to Italy on Cicero's behalf had proved successful. In July, when Rome was always crowded for the ludi Apollinares and the elections, the consuls had written to the municipalities summoning all patriotic citizens to the capital. Pompey's close association with the king of Egypt was only one of several reasons for his dramatic loss of popularity. Perhaps hopes had been raised too high at the time of the corn-supply crisis; there really was a shortage, and Pompey could not make it disappear in a couple of months as he had once done with the pirate menace.
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