A very auspicious day today, very popular with the celebrity birthdays. It is a crowded field, but for me it will always be Pompey day. Not only was he born today but he also got leave from the senate to celebrate his third triumph today in 61 BC. The Senate celebrated Pompey for his war against the pirates, which made him fantastically rich. He was already rich when he started, but this was the icing on the cake.
He also slipped in at the end of Lucullus’ war against Mithridates VI in the East and claimed the win for himself. Cheeky!
This was undoubtedly the high water mark of Pompey’s career. In 59 BC Pompey harnessed his significant senatorial weight to the wealth of Crassus and the populism of Caesar to form the first triumvirate. From this point the trajectories in the careers of Caesar and Pompey were a reflection of each other as the Elder statesman declined and the young pretender rose in prominence.