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  • Print publication year: 1994
  • Online publication date: March 2008

7 - The rise of Pompey

from PART I
Summary
The gravity of the situation in Spain was underlined by a letter of complaint from Pompey, which probably reached Rome at the beginning of 74. Pompey claimed that despite his repeated appeals his army had been reduced to starvation by lack of support from home. The letter ended with an oracular warning: unless help was forthcoming from the Senate, his army and with it the whole Spanish War would shift to Italy. This should not be taken as a veiled threat to join forces with Sertorius and invade Italy, but rather as a hint that he might be driven out of Spain and chased home by Sertorius. It was fortunate for Rome that Pompey and Metellus got the upper hand in Spain so decisively in 73, for that year saw the outbreak of a serious upheaval in Italy itself, the slave insurrection led by Spartacus.
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  • Online ISBN: 9781139054379
  • Book DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/CHOL9780521256032
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