Pompeius Magnus, Sextus

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Pompeius Magnus, Sextus

 

Born circa 75 B.C.; died 35 B.C. in Miletus. Roman military commander and politician. Son of Pompey the Great. After the death of his father, Pompeius fought against Caesar in Africa from 48 to 46 B.C. and in Spain from 46 to 44. In 44, after Caesar’s death, the Senate, at the suggestion of Mark Antony, gave him command of the fleet. After conquering Sicily and other islands, he gave refuge to fugitive slaves and exiles and blockaded Italy from the sea. In 43 the Second Triumvirate outlawed him. In 36 B.C. Agrippa, a commander of Octavian, defeated Pompeius at Mylae and Naulochus. He fled to Asia Minor where he was killed, apparently by supporters of Mark Antony.

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