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Battlefield: Pharsalus

It was the ultimate heavyweight contest – Rome’s two greatest leaders in a bloody fight to the finish. Julian Humphrys explains how Julius Caesar emerged as victor

Battle for power

KNOW YOUR ENEMY Once allies, Caesar and Pompey found themselves on opposing sides when Caeser refused an order by the Senate to step down
ARCANGEL X1, ALAMY X1, GETTY X1

BATTLE CONTEXT

When

9 August 48 BC

Where

Pharsalus, central Greece

Who

Caesar: 22,000 men, 1,000 cavalry

Pompey: 45,000 men, 7,000 cavalry

Why

Struggle for power between Caesar and Pompey

Result

Victory for Caesar

CROSSING THE RUBICON When Caesar led his troops across the Rubicon into Italy, it sparked civil war
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