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1 The First Triumvirate Caesar Crassus Pompey
Pompey was the outsider in this originally secret alliance, formed in 60 BCE

2 Julius Caesar Born to a patrician family around 100 BCE
Early life was a time of turmoil—marriages, affairs, etc. Served in the army outside of Rome Waited for the death of Sulla before returning to Rome

3 The First Triumvirate Crassus used part of the Roman army to expand the Republic’s territory to the east, Caesar did the same to the north, and Pompey stayed in Rome

4 63 BCE, Caesar elected to the office of Pontifex Maximus (highest priest of the Roman state religion) 50’s BCE- as part of the 1st Triumvirate, Caesar governs Gaul Conquers Gaul by 51 BCE Ordered back to Rome, crosses Rubicon w/ army in 49 BCE

5 The First Triumvirate Seven years after the formation of the 1st Triumvirate, Crassus died in battle and Pompey campaigned to be Rome’s only consul Caesar returned to Italy in 49 BCE to challenge Pompey (Roman law forbade generals from crossing the Rubicon River with a standing army)

6 The First Triumvirate A civil war ensued & Caesar defeated Pompey
Coin minted to pay Caesar’s troops

7 Julius Caesar in charge
Caesar never married Pharaoh Cleopatra VII, the Queen of Egypt with whom he allied, although they did (probably) have a son together Caesar, who admired Alexander the Great, spent the next four years further expanding the Roman Republic

8 Julius Caesar in Charge
46 BCE- Dictator for 10 years 45 BCE- Dictator Perpetuus Instituted reforms and building projects Calendar Senate- 900 members Citizenship to conquered peoples (esp. Gaul)

9 Assassination of Caesar
Roman senators, led by Brutus and Cassius, assassinated Caesar in 44 BCE (motives included jealousy, “protection of the Republic,” and anger about the $ spent by Caesar) Caesar’s friend Mark Antony, Caesar’s great nephew (and adopted son) Octavian, and Marcus Lepidus hunted down those involved in the assassination and then formed the 2nd Triumvirate

10 Assassination—March 15, 44 BCE
Et tu, Brute?

11 What does Caesar’s death mean?
End of the republic? Deification Octavian is the “heir”

12 The Second Triumvirate
Antony Octavian Lepidus Formed in 43 BCE, this triumvirate also succumbed to jealousy and ambition. Why does any last hope of Republic die with the 2nd Triumvirate?

13 The Second Triumvirate
Antony married Octavian’s sister but lived and had children with Cleopatra VII (who had also had a child with Julius Caesar) Octavian raised an army and defeated Lepidus, then at Actium defeated Antony and Cleopatra, who committed dual suicide in 31 BCE

14 Octavian In Charge Many people consider the Battle of Actium to mark the end of the Republic and the beginning of the Empire Other people say that the Republic “died” under Julius Caesar Still others say that the Republic did not “die” until the Senate gave Octavian the title Augustus – “the illustrious one” – in 27 BCE

15 Augustus (27 BCE and beyond)
31 BCE—Beginning of Pax Romana (lasted until 180 CE) Served as Pontifex Maximus (high priest) Purged the Senate to 600 members Fire and police departments Put permanent employees in the government, made army professional Public buildings and roads Rebuilt Rome (“bricks to marble”) Biggest external problem—people to the north Carefully chose his own successor, but did not clearly declare how others should do it in the future Why were the Romans willing to accept Augustus’ abandonment of Republican ideals?

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