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Gnaeus Pompey Junior, Imperator, 47 - 45 B.C., Son of Pompey the Great
After the murder of his father, Gnaeus Pompey Magnus Junior and his brother Sextus joined the resistance against Caesar in Africa. Together with Metellus Scipio, Cato the Younger and other senators, they prepared to oppose Caesar and his army. Caesar defeated Metellus Scipio and Cato, who subsequently committed suicide, at the Battle of Thapsus in 46 B.C. Gnaeus escaped to the Balearic Islands, where he joined Sextus. Together with Titus Labienus, former general in Caesar's army, the Pompey brothers crossed over to the Hispania, where they raised yet another army. Caesar soon followed and, on 17 March 45 B.C., the armies met in the battle of Munda. Both armies were large and led by able generals. The battle was closely fought, but eventually a cavalry charge by Caesar turned events to his side. In the battle and the panicked escape that followed, Titus Labienus and an estimated 30,000 men of the Pompeian side died. Gnaeus and Sextus managed to escape once again. However, this time, supporters were difficult to find because it was now clear Caesar had won the civil war. Within a few weeks, Gnaeus Pompeius was caught and executed for treason.
RR88023. Leaded bronze as, Crawford
1040, RPC I
Spain 84, RBW Collection
, 1646, Sear CRI
53, Cohen I
16, SRCV I
1386, aF, tight irregular flan
, scratches, earthen deposits, Hispania
(Tarragona, Spain) mint, weight
23.139g, maximum diameter
30.9mm, die axis
, 46 - 45 B.C.; obverse
laureate and bearded head
, I above; reverse
prow of galley right, I right, CN MAG (MA ligate
) above, IMP below; scarce
Catalog current as of Monday, May 20, 2019.
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