Marcus Licinius Crassus Biography
(Roman General and Statesman)
Born In: Roman Republic
Marcus Licinius Crassus was a renowned Roman general and politician. He played a key role in the formation of the First Triumvirate along with Julius Caesar and Pompey to challenge the power of the Senate. His public career began as a military commander under Lucius Cornelius Sulla. Eventually Crassus amassed massive wealth for himself through real estate speculations. He also earned political prominence after his victory over the slave revolt which was led by Spartacus. Along with Julius Caesar and Pompey the Great, who was considered the greatest military commander of the time, he formed the First Triumvirate. Though the three differed in their political ideals and ambitions, the alliance gave them a personal advantage and allowed them to dominate the Roman political system. However, the alliance collapsed later on because of their different ambitions and egos. Crassus was popular in his own time and his fame continues to endure in the present era. He was a major character in Howard Fast’s novel ‘Spartacus’. He was also characterized in the 1960 feature film and 2004 TV film of the same name.