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It was written on the large tablets carried forward to the triumphant Pompeius on the way to the Roman capitol, which peoples he had defeated in the name of Rome. Among many others there were the Armenians, the Iberians and Albanians, the Phoenicians and the inhabitants of Palestine, Judea and Arabia. The greatest victory, however, had been achieved by the general over the pirates, who for decades had threatened shipping in the Mediterranean. Pompey proudly introduced his prisoners. The loot and victory signs were so numerous that one day was not enough to show them off. The triumphal procession lasted two full days, and still not everything had been shown. There had been no such thing in Rome before, as had a general who had already defeated the third continent in his third triumphal procession-now to Europe and Africa. But the oddest thing was that Pompey should not have celebrated a single triumph. Legally, the conditions were precisely regulated. Only the Senate was entitled to grant a triumph if the soldiers proclaimed their commander the Emperor after winning the battle. But Feldherr could only be in Rome, who had previously passed the prescribed official career path, and that was exactly what Pompeius did not do. As a young man in the civil wars he had set up an army of his own, and had been so victorious in all the battles that the Senate made an exception for him. But behind Pompey, too, stood a slave during the triumphal procession, who, like all other triumphators, always whispered to him: "Remember that you are a human being." After all, no one, not even Pompey, was too successful in his head.


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