"He did not have Crassus’s vast fortune to grease his path."
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Marcus Licinius Crassus (c. 115-53 BC) was an extremely wealthy and influential Roman general and politician. He supported Sulla during the civil wars. Crassus’ aspirations of fame and political success were overshadowed by the successes and commands of other leaders, particularly Pompey. When the Third Servile War broke out, led by the escaped slave Spartacus, Crassus saw his chance for glory and offered to put down the revolt. At this point, Crassus is fighting the remains of Spartacus’ army in Italy. Crassus would later become an ally of Caesar, offering him the money to back his schemes for power.