"Rome" Pharsalus (TV Episode 2005) Poster

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Most historians agree that if Pompey had held back and let Caesar's army starve, Imperial Rome would never have appeared.
According to history, Pompey's army had a critical weakness in that it had a large number of foreign mercenaries in it. These soldiers did not speak good Latin, and could not coordinate smoothly with the rest of the army in the heat of battle.
According to history, when Caesar captured Pompey's camp he found that it was already decorated for a party to celebrate Caesar's defeat.
Lucius Septimus mentions that he 'has to earn his salt'. In Roman times, wages were often paid out in salt ('sal' in Latin), and it is where the modern term 'salary' comes from.
Pompey was actually killed on his birthday, September 29.
The battle of Pharsalus was held near the Enipeus River.
Caesar's primary advantage at the Battle of Pharsalus was that he knew the terrain, and was able to use it to his advantage.
Posca asks Caesar if he will accept battle, and Caesar confirms it. This was Roman custom. A commander could legitimately refuse to go to battle, and his request would be honored.

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