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Gnaeus Pompey Junior, son of Pompey the Great, executed in 45 B.C.

Gnaeus Pompey Junior was the elder son of Pompey the Great, and alongside his brother Sextus Pompey became a leader of the aristocracy party following their father's defeat at Pharsalus. Unlike his father, Junior managed to stay alive and flee to North Africa and later to Spain where a large Pompeian force was waiting. Caesar moved to Africa and crushed the forces of Cato, then moved to Spain where after a fierce battle at Munsa 45 B.C. the Pompeians were defeated. Yet again Gnaeus Pompey escaped, but for the last time. Very soon after he was caught and beheaded.


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Gnaeus Pompey Junior, son of Pompey the Great, fell at the battle of Munda, in Spain, 45 BC. Silver coins without his head are not very scarce, but those with his head are of a high degree of rarity. Some pieces represent him with his father and his brother, Pompey the Great and Sextus Pompey. He bore by heriditary right from his father both the title of IMP (meaning in consular times a military chief) and the surname MAGNVS. There are curious reverses on certain very rare denarii, the coinage of which is ascribed by all numismatic antiquaries to Gnaeus Pompey Junior. See Minatia.


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