Osprey Publishing just released in the « Command » series a very instructive book about Pompey, firstly friend of Caesar before to become his enemy and to be defeated by him.
Cnaeus Pompeus Magnus (= “The Great”) was a very complex character and a kind of enigma. He is mostly known through what Caius Julius Caesar has written about him – But Caesar, even if a military genius, was enemy of Pompey…
The big interest of Osprey book is that the author Nic Fields tell us the story of Pompey based not only on Caesar diaries, but also on all the historical sources that can be found!
Cnaeus Pompeus Magnus was first a conqueror. Partisan of Sulla, he managed to extend the frontier of the Republic of Rome. The book describes his exploits but also his complex personality and life – Amongst other facts, he married Iulia, the beloved daughter of Caesar.
The men against who he fought are also described, like Sertorius and Mithridates – But not especially Caesar because this last one is the subject of another book in the “Command” series.
Richly illustrated with photos of geographical locations an some nice drawings made by Peter Dennis, the book is a real pleasure to read. I have learned many things about a man who was a conqueror and was in his young time referred as the “Alexander The Great of Rome”.
Well done; that book is a must that is warmly recommended to everyone having interest for the Ancients period. Get your sample here!
Sample publication is provided by Osprey