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- Had returned from Spain in 60BC, wanted the consulship for the following year, 59BC.
- Unwanted by optimates in the Senate because of his unpopular popularis ideals.
- Cato put his cousin Bibulus in the position to go against Caesar.
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- Pompey wanted to settle his veterans upon arriving back from his campaigns in the East (in 62)
- His actions had been blocked by the senate (specifically the optimates), so he was looking for some sort of overriding power.
- His veterans were seeing him as dishonourable. He feared their revolt.
- Joining Triumvirate allowed him to get Caesar to push forward his proposition.
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- Mithridatic war had caused massive losses to farmers, who appealed to Crassus (money lender) for help.
- The optimates rejected this proposal.
- Also needed to push through an agreement for contracting out tax gathering in the province of Asia.
- Crassus had also been socially damaged due to accusations made against him in the Bona Dea scandal (bribery).
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- Formed in 60BC
- Effectively took over the Senate due to Caesar's position as consul and seized control over Rome.
- Pompey starts to grow jealous of the attention that Caesar is receiving during his conquests in Gaul and acts erratically.
- Tensions rising until 56 conference of Luca.
- In Luca, Caesar tries to get all 3 of them to re-ally by assigning 5-year commands for each of them (to get money/power/honour) and deciding that Pompey and Crassus should be consuls for the next year.
- Crassus' death in 53 leaves an imbalance between jealous Pompey and Caesar.
- Initially solidified by Pompey marrying Caesar's daughter Julia. She dies in 54 and Pompey chooses to marry an optimate instead of accepting Caesar's offer of his niece. (example of amicitia)
- Pompey allies with Cato, effectively breaking the Triumvirate.
- Cato declares Pompey should be sole consul to sort out issues in Rome after Clodius is murdered by Milo.
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