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The debts of Julius Caesar by Eric Oppen

Author says: what if it came out after Crassus' disaster where he lost his legions and his life that he had been urged to go to Parthia by Caesar, as a way for Caesar to get rid of him? muses Eric Oppen. Please note that the opinions expressed in this post do not necessarily reflect the views of the author(s).

In 53 B.C.:

the reputation of Gaius Julius Csar was destroyed by revelations of huge debtedness to the late Publius Licinius Crassus, strongly indicating that his Roman Legions had been dispatched to Parthia simply to avoid payment.

Rome was humiliated by defeat at the Battle of Carrhae, made even worse by the fact that the Parthians had captured several Legionary Eagles. Plutarch recorded that the Parthians found the Roman prisoner of war that resembled Crassus the most, dressed him as a woman and paraded him through Parthia for all to see.

Author says Caesar owed Crassus some incredibly high debts, and had no real way to repay them (this was before he conquered Gaul; he did eventually repay Crassus' heirs with some of the loot from Gaul). If Caesar was seen as a treacherous scoundrel who'd deliberately encouraged an inexperienced commander into a situation where he lost several legions, would he have been able to do anything in Rome? To view guest historian's comments on this post please visit the Today in Alternate History web site.

Other Stories by Eric Oppen
Bio - well, there's not a lot to tell---I'm a lifelong Iowan for my sins, a St. Olaf College graduate with a degree in East Asian Studies, including Chinese language-concentration, which has helped me gain no employment whatsoever. I've worked as a security guard, freelance writer, computer technician, and landlord, among other things. I'm a big Harry Potter fan (no prizes for guessing where my House loyalties are) and a fan of fantasy and SF in general.

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Eric Oppen, Guest Historian of Today in Alternate History, a Daily Updating Blog of Important Events In History That Never Occurred Today. Follow us on Facebook, Myspace and Twitter.

Imagine what would be, if history had occurred a bit differently. Who says it didn't, somewhere? These fictional news items explore that possibility. Possibilities such as America becoming a Marxist superpower, aliens influencing human history in the 18th century and Teddy Roosevelt winning his 3rd term as president abound in this interesting fictional blog.


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