Full Name He bears a youthful appearance, of a toned athletic build and with a clean-shaven face. Two of these men were hostile to each other ever since the revolt of Spartacus; another pair allied themselves only tenuously through marriage. I love Simon Merrells, who playes Marcus Licinius Crassus in Spartacus. Splashing his cash, though, Crassus won favour by hosting a long round of lavish celebratory feasts for the people of Rome and in response to Pompey's popular title of 'Great', Crassus would ask dismissively 'Why, how big is he? Marcus Licinius Crassus, (born c. 115 bc —died 53), politician who in the last years of the Roman Republic formed the so-called First Triumvirate with Julius Caesar and Pompey to challenge effectively the power of the Senate. The Ancient History Encyclopedia logo is a registered EU trademark. Also, his backing of Catiline failed to secure this dangerous and unscrupulous schemer the consulship of 65 or 64 BCE and the Senate, instead, went for the more conservative Cicero. 1. Evil-doer Her slave mark is a tattoo bearing the full name of her master, unlike the brands given Spartacus and his men. The plan was for Crassus and Pompey to be made consuls once more with the former given a 5-year command in Syria and the latter given the same position in Spain. Crassus continued to pull strings behind the political scenes, largely functioning as a patron of younger men such as Julius Caesar, whose debts Crassus guaranteed in 62 BCE. Alias I called my slave to the cave to ask it to cook a feast and lower in a basket. Following this, Young Marcus went into hiding. Hilarus appears to be middle aged. The real Crassus and Spartacus did meet before the final battle to discuss terms. Examples are his instituting decimation as punishment for desertion and cowardice, the effective employment of subterfuge by sending a disguised Ceasar undercover as a spy into the occupied city of Sinuessa for the purpose of weakening the rebels internally, and by the building of vast siege fortifications in the mountains above Sinuessa in order to trap the retreating rebels, having anticipated correctly this is the direction they would retreat, (which would not have been possible without his vast wealth). BusinessmanSenatorMilitary General He also purchased properties that were destroyed in fire at below market prices, restored them with slave labour and then sold them for exorbitant prices. In 71 BCE he unsuccessfully attempted to corner Spartacus in Bruttium where his lieutenant Mummius rashly disregarded Crassus' orders and openly attacked the slave army with two legions, was routed and even forced to abandon arms. 60 BCE - 53 BCE: 'First Triumvirate' between Caesar, Pompey and Crassus. He presents one of the most intelligent minds that Spartacus and the Rebel army ever faces. He became part of the first triumvirate with Caesar and Pompeius. 115-53 B.C.) ', Marcus Licinius Crassus, Louvreby Carole Raddato (CC BY-SA). We have also been recommended for educational use by the following publications: Ancient History Encyclopedia Foundation is a non-profit organization registered in Canada. Hugely successful in his early years and acquiring vast wealth, he was, perhaps, left behind the times when Rome edged towards the new era of Imperial politics and a time when military prowess and might came to count far more than mastery of politics. Crassus's greatest ability is his vast wealth, allowing him to amass a vast army (which, being only nominally under the control of the Republic, operates de facto his own private army) and fund the campaign against Spartacus out of his own pocket. Made censor in 65 BCE, Crassus' two most significant policies of granting citizenship to the Transpadanes (in the part of Cisalpine Gaul north of the river Po) and annexing Egypt both failed and he was forced to resign from the position. Descended from an aristocratic family in Rome, ​Marcus Licinius Crassus, known as \"the richest man in Rome\" during his life-time, was partially credited with securing victory for the Republic over the forces of Spartacus during the Third Servile War and would later become a founding member, along with Julius Caesar and Pompey Magnus, of the First Triumvirate. Take your favorite fandoms with you and never miss a beat. All the main villains in the series are tied in some way to the house of Batiatus. Crassus was elected praetor in 73 BC and pursued the cursus honorum. Marcus Licinius Crassus (115-53 BCE) was perhaps the richest man in Roman history and in his eventful life he experienced both great successes and severe disappointments. Ancient History Encyclopedia. Crassus was a wealthy Roman businessman of the first century BCE, and one of the three Romans who made up the first Triumvirate, along with Pompey and Julius Caesar. Your nearest city annexes this tile into its territory. Wanted people to say I was brave but I lost my first fight and hid in a cave. Type of Villain This also enables him bribe potential allies of the rebel slaves to switch sides, to effectively buy political influence and allies within the Roman Senate, and to attract skilled Roman Commanders in need of his financial patronage, such as Gaius Julius Ceasar. Marcus Licinius Crassus (c. 115 BC – 53 BC) was a Roman general and politician.. Marcus Crassus displays a keen, power hungry attitude. —53 BC.) He also can also be considered the mirror image of Spartacus. Crassus commits several acts which could qualify as crossing the moral event horizon, such as condemning innocents to slavery, treating his own troops as cannon fodder, and use of mass crucifixion of captured and defeated slaves. The men in a triumvirate didn't have to like one another. As such, the Imperator is of considerable skill, able to easily best low-level Rebels during combat, and even managed to skillfully hold his own against the Rebel leader Spartacus during their final confrontation. Marcus Licinius Crassus is the main antagonist of Spartacus: War of the Damned. Consequently, the Romans were encircled, trapped and forced to surrender arms and their Eagle standards (a point which would rankle with Rome until their retrieval by Augustus). Marcus Licinius Crassus (c. 115 BC – 53 BC) was a Roman general and politician.. In the case of Crassus he is tied there by his cousin Licinia, who was murdered there by Illythia, the wife of Glaber. Crassus was also a good orator, no doubt a skill he honed via his many court cases and helped by his love of philosophy. Cartwright, Mark. Crassus was acquitted, though, on the grounds that really he had only been interested in getting a lower property price for one of his development schemes and, as Plutarch put it, his reputation for respectability was saved by his reputation for avarice. Kore is a slender and beautiful young woman with long, dark brown hair and brown eyes. Crassus was one of the old school politicians of Republican Rome. Please note that content linked from this page may have different licensing terms. With the removal of Crassus from the political game to control Rome, Pompey and Caesar were left to fight out a bloody civil war which would lay the foundations for a complete overhaul of Roman politics and, ultimately, open the doors to dictatorship and the Imperial age. He was trained in the style of dimachaeri, wielding two blades. He had to undergo a strict diet and four-week fitness boot camp in preparation for the role, losing 21 lbs. Although he doesn't appear until the third season, his presence reverberates throughout the preceding tqo series, most notably as his cousin Licinia appears in the first season and an important plotline is her murder by Illythia, and he is spoken of in fear and reverence by other Romans, such as Glaber and Batiatus. If you are 18 years or older or are comfortable with graphic material, you are free to view this page. Marcus Licinius Crassus was born in 114 BCE. He spent much of his political career in frustrated rivalry with Pompey. 65 BCE: Marcus Licinius Crassus is made censor. His death led to the outbreak of … 71 BCE: Marcus Licinius Crassus crushes the Spartacus slave revolt in southern Italy. Despite his noteworthy qualities, however, Crassus is capable of being cruel and ruthless, and will stop at nothing to further his goals and ambitions, such as by employing decimation on his troops as punishment for cowardice, condemning a Roman citizen of Sineussa, Laetia, to slavery for the apparent crime of assisting the rebels (despite the fact that she did so to save her fellow Romans from being killed), taking over the city of Sinuessa captured from the Rebels as his his own, for the purpose of increasing his already vast wealth, ordering siege engines to fire on areas of the battlefield despite the fact that they would hit his own troops, and his ruthless execution of any captured and defeated slaves, including by mass crucifixions. Following Cinna's death, Crassus sided with Sulla against Marius, and, as one of his most able commanders, helped him gain control of Italy. Occupation Last modified November 05, 2013. Crassus possesses formidable fighting skills, having been trained as both a Roman soldier and even in the ways of a champion-level gladiator, eventually being capable of besting one. Known for his wealth, he died in the battle of Carrhae. Spartacus and Varinia are subsequently forced to endure numerous humiliations for defying the conditions of servitude. The story is rejected as a fiction by most modern scholars. His vast wealth and sharp political skills brought him two consulships and the kind of influence enjoyed only by a true heavyweight of Roman politics. In regard to military tactics Crassus is brilliant, unorthodox and often ruthless. Tiberius is a young Roman man with dark cropped hair. Within a few short... For centuries, Lucius Cornelius Sulla has been reviled as a maniacal... Slavery was an ever-present feature of the Roman world. Origin LYRICS: I'm Marcus Licinius Crassus, no rich man could ever surpass us. He expects more from his son as a military authority, waiting for him to display true competence as a leader before granting him a position rather than forcing him in through bribes or favors. https://villains.fandom.com/wiki/Marcus_Licinius_Crassus_(Spartacus:_War_of_the_Damned)?oldid=3898142. Ironically Crassus never learns of the reason for her disappearance and her name is never mentioned in the third series. Ancient History Encyclopedia. The slave rebellion of the early 70s BCE led by Spartacus, the Thracian gladiator, would present Crassus, made praetor in 73 BCE, with an opportunity to flex his military muscle and gain further prestige with the Roman people. Crassus's decision to take over the city of Sinuessa after most of the Roman citizens have been slaughtered is likely meant to mirror Crassus's practice of buying properties in Rome that had been seized from their previous owners by the dictator Sulla (to whom Crassus was allied), and then selling them for exorbitant prices. Living there could be a pauper's nightmare but if you're rich like me then you don't care. Hepresents one of the most intelligent minds that Spartacus and the Rebel army ever faces. Marcus Licinius Crassus was a Roman politician and general, famous with the cruel repression of Spartacus’s slave revolt in 71 B.C. In fact this is how Crassus made his fortune. All going according to plan, Crassus left for Syria in 55 BCE where he was set on a lucrative invasion of Parthia. It should be noted that Spartacus had received several wounds from battle whilst dispatching a clutch of soldiers and was already in a weakened state; while Crassus had suffered a head wound and most likely a concussion from their initial confrontation. He commanded the left wing of Sulla's army at the Battle of the Colline Gate.It was he who finally suppressed the slave revolt led by Spartacus.The Third Servile War began with three defeats of Roman armies against Spartacus and his followers. The novel follows two fictional Gallic nobles who join Julius Caesar's cavalry and then find their way into the service of Marcus' son, Publius Licinius Crassus, … The slave army, numbering between 70,000 and 120,000, was a serious threat and had already defeated two separate Roman armies and two consuls. Unable to match the victories of Pompey and Julius Caesar, Crassus died in his attempt to conquer Parthia, in what was his last and fateful throw of the political dice. Crassus is a major character in the 1956 Alfred Duggan novel Winter Quarters. "Marcus Licinius Crassus." 03 Dec 2020. His father committed suicide and his brother was killed during the uprising of Cornelius Cinna in 87 BC. ! Wearing the robes of the elite Roman class, he also wears a special suit of armor attributed to a Roman soldier and wields a sword designed for the House of Crassus. https://www.ancient.eu/Marcus_Licinius_Crassus/. Marcus Licinius Crassus Dives (c. 115–53 BC) was a Roman general and politician who suppressed the slave revolt led by Spartacus and entered into a secret pact, known as the First Triumvirate, with Pompey the Great and Julius Caesar. Furthering training to increase his combat skills, having sex with his body slave/lover Kore CrassusMarcus (to those close to him only)The Imperator Updated May 30, 2019 The death of Crassus (Marcus Licinius Crassus) is a classic Roman object lesson in greed. Marcus Licinius Crassus is a major character in the 1956 Alfred Duggan novel, Winter Quarters. Spartacus (1960) Laurence Olivier as Crassus. When Caesar left for Gaul, Crassus found a new protege in P. Clodius Pulcher but he turned out to be a dangerous and unreliable ally. It was formed of three men (Julius Caesar, Marcus Licinius Crassus and Pompey) who needed each other to get what they wanted. However his sympathetic qualities, such as his honourable treatment of Spartacus as a worthy foe (as opposed to just another slave to be put down), his genuine love of his own family and his respectful treatment of his own slaves prevent him from being classified as pure evil. Hobby Unlike previous roman Generals he does not underestimate Spartacus and his rebel forces, and has shown an ability and willingness to adapt his battle strategies in order to match the former gladiator, making him a flexible and unpredictable foe. Defeat of Rome: Crassus, Carrhae and the Invasion of the East, Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike. Crassus is quite useful for a city near an opposing player as you can quickly claim useful tiles an/or stifle the other city's growth. In private life Crassus was married to Tertulla and he had two sons, one of whom shared his name and the other - Publius Licinius Crassus - fought with him in Parthia. Crassus also doesn't view slaves as worthless either, taking a particular interest in gladiators holding a great deal of respect for them. This article is a stub and is in need of expansion. License. I think he is phenomenal! Further, back in Rome, it was Pompey who was given the honour of a triumph (in recognition of his other military successes) whilst Crassus was given the lesser ovation. Marcus Licinius Crassus was born in 115 BC in the Roman Republic. Also that year, he portrayed character Mark Vega in the British horror film Judas Ghost. Marcus Licinius Crassus. You can help Villains Wiki by expanding it. Marcus Crassus displays a keen, power hungry attitude. Written by Mark Cartwright, published on 05 November 2013 under the following license: Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike. Swordsmanship, high intelligence, Cunning, tactician, Vast Wealth, Furthering training to increase his combat skills, having sex with his body slave/lover Kore, To rise in the Senate, to defeat Spartacus and the slave uprising (succeeded), Military Villain, Wealthy Villain, Nemesis, Bigger Bad. Crassus was the wealthiest man in the Roman Empire. Mark is a history writer based in Italy. She wears a dark yellow outfit, open down the middle of her chest. Crassus was the son of Publius Licinius Crassus, who was consul in 97 BCE and a commander in Iberia, even gaining a triumph for his victories in Lusitania in 93 BCE. In 2013, he portrayed the Roman commander Marcus Licinius Crassus in the Starz series Spartacus: War of the Damned. Crassus can be seen as the Nemesis of Spartacus, after the death of Glaber. However, some of the prestige for suppressing the slave rebellion was also claimed by Crassus' great rival Pompey who, returning from Spain, mopped up those slaves who had escaped the battle. Despite the contradictions in the classical sources regarding the events of 72 BC, there seems to be general agreement that Spartacus and his followers were in the south of Italy in early 71 BC. Web. Marcus Licinius Crassus Dives (ca. Batiatus : Marcus Licinius Crassus. With eight legions at his disposal Crassus cornered Spartacus at Lucania, finally defeated the slave army, and crucified 6,000 of the survivors along the Appian Way. The conversation was never recorded by scribes, however it can be assumed no agreements were reached. He commanded the left wing of Sulla's army at the Battle of the Colline Gate.It was he who finally suppressed the slave revolt led by Spartacus.The Third Servile War began with three defeats of Roman armies against Spartacus and his followers. Ancient History Encyclopedia. Plutarch mentions that even Cicero would think twice before engaging in legal argument with Crassus. He has long dark hair and a clean shaven face and a muscular build. He was a Roman politician and commander, a member of the First Triumvirate. In 87 BCE, on the losing side against the forces of Gaius Marius and Cornelius Cinna, he committed suicide and the young Crassus fled to Spain. Following victory, Crassus now also seized the opportunity to vastly increase his personal wealth from the confiscation of the assets of declared enemies of the state (proscription) which included property, riches and a huge number of slaves. Swordsmanship, high intelligence, Cunning, tactician, Vast Wealth Unlike Glaber and Varinius, Crassus is more calculative and doesn't underestimate Spartacus. Marcus Crassus craves the downfall of Spartacus for the glory of Rome. Now they were ravaging the southern Italian countryside and it was Crassus who was entrusted with finally removing this thorn from Rome's heel. For only $5 per month you can become a member and support our mission to engage people with cultural heritage and to improve history education worldwide. The Internet Classics Archive | Crassus by Plutarch. In turn, they would both call for a renewal of Caesar's command allowing him another 5-year term as governor in Gaul and the consequent opportunity to expand his army. This leads him to stand as one of, if not the most, skilled Roman in swordplay seen in the series. Tertulla has long, wavy blonde hair and brown eyes. Some Rights Reserved (2009-2020) under Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike license unless otherwise noted. Without sufficient cavalry and logistical support, hampered by the campaign's lack of planning in the harsh desert terrain, and suffering a little local treachery, the legions were unable to adequately face the 10,000 skilled mounted archers of Orodes II, the Parthian king. To rise in the Senate, to defeat Spartacus and the slave uprising (succeeded) The three men now formed an open alliance known as the First Triumvirate but it was at times an uneasy one. Fabulously wealthy. Most noble radiance, first general of the Republic, father and defender of Rome, honour my house. Books According to Plutarch, Crassus had accumulated the vast sum of 7,100 talents, had extensive real estate interests, owned silver mines, possessed a huge number of slaves, and, of course, he was able to fund his own army. Otherwise, you should close this page and view another page. Cartwright, Mark. Please help us create teaching materials on Mesopotamia (including several complete lessons with worksheets, activities, answers, essay questions, and more), which will be free to download for teachers all over the world. Crimes Ellen Lloyd - AncientPages.com - Marcus Licinius Crassus (c. 115 B.C. In 87 BC, the forces of Gaius Marius seized control of Rome during what became known as The Social War. Licinia stood possessed of a beautiful property in the suburbs, which Crassus desiring to purchase at a low price, for this reason was frequent in his attentions to her, which gave occasion to the scandal, and his avarice, so to say, serving to clear him of the crime, he was acquitted. CRASSVS; c. 115 BC – 53 BC) was a Roman general and politician who played a key role in the transformation of the Roman Republic into the Roman Empire.Amassing an enormous fortune during his life, Crassus is considered the wealthiest man in Roman history, and among the richest men in all history. Marcus Licinius Crassus the younger enjoyed some military success, notably achieving the highest Roman military honour of killing an enemy king. Marcus Licinius Crassus is a mentioned character in the third and fourth seasons of Spartacus, and a major character in its fifth season. Marcus Licinius Crassus (115 BC-53 BC) was a Consul of the Roman Republic in 70 and 55 BC with Gnaeus Pompeius Magnus, a political and financial patron of Julius Caesar, and a member of the First Triumvirate from 60 BC until his death at the Battle of Carrhae in 53 BC. The pair overhauled Rome's political structure, overturning Sulla's constitution and expelling 64 senators. 2. Batiatus receives a visit from the immensely wealthy Roman senator Marcus Licinius Crassus (Laurence Olivier), who aims to become dictator of the stagnant republic. He was not known as a mean man, rather, he was known as generous to his friends and his popularity with the people not only came from his offers of free parties and grain but also his polite manner and lack of snobbery. No information He was a Roman general and politician, and considered to have been the wealthiest man in the Roman Republic, amassing his enormous fortune through real estate speculation. A prominent senator, Marcus Licinius Crassus, raised an army at his own expense, became their general and two years later led them into battle and crushed Spartacus and his slave rebellion. "Marcus Licinius Crassus." Caesar also persuaded Crassus to settle his differences with Pompey so that both would support Caesar's bid to become consul, which he achieved in 59 BCE. To many other Romans, Crassus also has a profound sense of justice and believes that nobody is above punishment, including fellow Romans and even family, friends, or lovers. Ancient History Encyclopedia, 05 Nov 2013. Back to Great Merchants Marcus Licinius Crassus is a Classical Era Great Merchant in Civilization VI. 70 BCE: Pompey and Crassus are made consuls. His special interests include pottery, architecture, world mythology and discovering the ideas that all civilizations share in common. A mentor to Julius Caesar in his early career, Crassus would rise to the very top of state affairs but his long search for a military triumph to match his great rival Pompey would, ultimately, bring about his downfall. In 56 BCE Crassus did warn Caesar that Cicero planned to politically isolate him from Crassus and Pompey. 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