Victorian "First Triumvirate" Cameo Brooch
The first Roman triumvirate was a political alliance formed in 60 BC between three prominent Roman politicians: Julius Caesar, Pompey, and Marcus Crassus. The purpose of the triumvirate was to consolidate their power and influence in Roman politics, as well as to advance their own personal agendas. They split the empire into three sections: Caesar kept Gaul, Pompey took Hispania, and Crassus Syria.
Julius Caesar, having just returned from his conquests in Gaul, was popular amongst the people, but lacked the gravitas to realise his political ambitions. Pompey was a celebrated military leader, famous for his campaigns against Sertorius, Mithridates, and the Cilician Pirates, and had already served as consul. Marcus Crassus was a wealthy businessman and politician who had also served as consul previously and was looking to increase his... well wealth, mainly. He did also defeat the infamous Spartacus, in fairness.
Together, the triumvirs formed a powerful political bloc that dominated Roman politics for several years. Although they pretty much hated each other's guts, they saw an opportunity for mutual progression, and used their combined influence to pass legislation favourable to their interests. Pompey and Crassus were often at odds with each other, and Caesar's rising popularity and ambition eventually led to his break with Pompey and the outbreak of civil war - ultimately leading to the dissolution of the Republic, the assassination of Caesar, and the rise of Augustus as the first Roman emperor. Crassus had already, by this point, got himself killed on a grossly miscalculated march against the Parthians.
Era: Victorian circa 1860
Size: 3.2cm by 2.8cm
Stone: Shell cameo
Marks: Stamped 9ct
Condition: Great antique condition. Some chips to the glass cameo mount.
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