Earth’s Destruction: Flu Epidemic


There’s a place in our future where we are heading according to our enviromentalists, who believe in natural resources.  The scientists are leading us to the destruction of our planet.

In 2075, a flu panademic started in Europe and spread across the planet at a fantastic rate.  Earth’s human population was dying, with nothing to stop it, in its path.

But some people were unaffected, and Carl Kingdom was one of these, why he never knew.  He survived, while friends and family contracted the flu like symptoms, and died from this cruel disease.

He was a muscular built person, and believed in living off the land, and eating natural foods.  At thirty-two years of age, his hair was blonde, worn with a pony-tail.

Earth had moved on, and in the span of ten years had started revitalising itself.  Grasses, plants and trees, growing in once barren fields. Corpses degraded and swallowed up by the earth.  The air smelt fresh, with clear blue skies.

There were still many dead indoors, but Carl avoided going inside, as much as possible.

In the first few years after the epidemic wiped out most of the earth, Carl Kingdom wandered, searching for others, he only came across a few groups living rough much like himself. They were wary of strangers, who could blame them…

Carl believed the epidemic was not man-made, but a disease brought back by astronauts from the manned expedition to Mars, back in 2070.

Once the flu-epidemic had you in its grasp, your skin became pink in colour with red blotches, and you would incessantly scratch these blotches, until they bled, revealing a yellow puss.

No matter how much anti-biotics one took, it had no effect on the disease.

I remember in the early days, shutting myself away, living underground.  Could this have been what saved me, from the dreaded disease.

There are only two types of people left on this planet:

The living like myself, trying to survive, day by day.

Or the living dead, who wear all back, their faces broad and craggy, with dark penetrating eyes.  They mostly hunt at night, so beware!

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Catherine’s Nightmare…

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It all began, in mid-august, as a wet summer had suddenly turned warm and dry. The events that had taken place, were destined to send shock waves through the village.  Many believed a past horror, had returned to haunt them once again.

The Daily Times headline for August 9th1995 read:


Peter & Samantha Calvert, along with two of their three children; Michael and Christina were brutally murdered yesterday morning at their South Elmham Home.

What would end up with the horrific events of 1995, are believed to have started back in 1863, when the Reverend Henry Markham, built a fine Victorian Rectory, at South Elmham.

Edward Markham, Henry’s son became the new vicar in 1895, upon his father’s death, and resided in the rectory until his death in 1928.

According to local reports, Edward Markham, made a habit of waiting at the rectory gate, for the passing of the ghostly coach, further enhancing villager’s fears that the rectory must be haunted.  The sound of rumbling wheels, clattering of four horse’s hooves, would approach along the road, reach a crescendo at the gate, and gradually fade into the distance.  The phantom coach was not only heard but also seen. Reports described a blazing carriage with lights careering through the village, up to the rectory, every Friday at mid-night.

Rumours have spread through the village, right up to the present times. Witnesses have reported to have seen a Nun, walking across the rectory terrace and grounds, reading what is believed to be a Bible or Prayer Book in her hands.  There can be little doubt, that the rectory had been built on the site of a former religious house.  But why, O why, does she still haunt this place…why is her soul not at peace?  How did she die?

In the weeks leading up to the Reverend James Patterson’s untimely death in the spring of 1975, he was known to lock himself away in his study for hours on end, according to his housekeeper.  He could be observed through the windows, sitting before the great fireplace, for hours on end, staring into the fire, as though in some form of trance, smoking away on his old clay pipe.

The police were bemused by the discovery, he was locked inside his study, and the authorities had to forcibly gain entrance.  The Reverend’s body had been hacked to death, and they could find no evidence of defensive wounds.

Nobody was brought to trial, for his death, though a young man, a regular visitor at the rectory was suspected, but the case was dropped for lack of evidence.

The rectory remained empty until spring of 1983, when it was renovated, into a fine looking country farmhouse.  Villagers were stunned, and feared for those who chose to reside in the building, with an unsavoury past.  The Calvert’s took up residence, with their children; Michael 9, Catherine 7, and Christina 8.

Little was known of the family.  Peter Calvert was a London based Architect, and in the early years, their children initially attended the local primary school, and later a boarding school.

What the villager’s feared most, came to pass on a sweltering summer’s morning, in early August 1995.  Four people had been brutally murdered at the old rectory.

The idea, Catherine Calvert, had brutally hacked her own family to death, seemed quite unthinkable, it was simply too grisly to have been committed by one so young and innocent, with a quiet and gentle disposition.  Yet she was the only family member left alive.

Inside, the house was all quiet now.  But chaos had rained down earlier, for furniture and ornaments had been tossed across the room, creating a scene of disaster.  In the main lounge, formerly the old study, Peter Calvert’s body, lay in the fireplace, close by his wife Samantha, in a pool of blood.

Upstairs in the rear bedroom, Christina sprawled across her bed, still wearing a pair of earphones, body and bedclothes drenched in blood, from her chest wounds.  Whilst her brother Michael, was found sprawled across the landing leading to the west wing of the house, with two wounds in the back, and one in his left leg.

Dr Mathew Hoyden, the local doctor, arrived on the scene a little after 11.30am, only minutes after the police.  He was taken back by the scene, of so much destruction, and dead bodies within the house.

The first body he examined was that of Samantha Calvert, sprawled across the living room floor, with her head close to the fireplace, blood had started congealing from the wound.  Time of death, had been estimated at a little after nine o’clock that very morning.

Scene of Crime experts summarised; her heart had stopped pumping almost immediately, there by resulting in very little blood splatter on the nearby walls and furniture, for such horrific wounds.

The police carried out a detailed search of the house, room by room, from the attic to the cellar, looking for the murder weapon, believed to be an axe, which would be covered in blood, and any trace of an intruder. After an extensive search, lasting many hours, they deduced, if an intruder was responsible, he had not gained access by forced entry.  No trace of the weapon  was found within the house.  The search was extended to the grounds and village.

Catherine was a self-conscious young woman, with long blonde hair, flowing freely, light blue eyes, petite body with a blanched complexion.  One of her traits she was well known for, she had inherited her mother’s short temper, and tended to sulk if she didn’t get her own way.  According to the family doctor, she suffered from short-term memory loss, a condition she has had since a young age.

What was to baffle the police, was how the murderer had escaped the house, possibly carrying an axe, and undetected.  This pointed directly at the only survivor; Catherine.  But questions remained unanswered, where is the murder weapon?  Why were no screams heard by the villager’s.

Christine initially claimed she had been in the summerhouse, then she was in the attic and finally she was down by the river, her alibi changed with each time of asking.

It was inevitable that Catherine would become the prime suspect, in the eyes of the law, as there was a persistent problem of her shaky alibi.

There wasn’t a breeze in the air, as almost half the villager’s crammed into the Coroner’s Court, this hot and humid day, to attend the inquest of the Calvert’s.

Catherine’s account of her whereabouts prior to her discovery of the bodies, changed, each time she was asked, that the police and coroner, often wondered which was the true statement:

Question:Where were you on the morning of the murders?

Answer:   I was in the summerhouse reading.


Question:Are you sure?

Answer:   I am not sure whether I was there, down by the river or in the attic.


Question:Did you hear anything?

Answer:   Not that I can remember.


Question:Your family were murdered a little after nine o’clock, but you didn’t report it to the doctor’s surgery until eleven fifteen.  Why?

Answer:   As far as I know, I ran straight to the doctor’s surgery.  But I seldom wear a watch, so I have no idea what time I discovered the bodies.


In desperate exasperation, this line of questioning was given up, following her doctor’s report, which stated Catherine, suffered short-term memory loss.  For the life of her, as much as she tried, she just couldn’t remember where or what she had been doing that morning.

Could it have been the shock of finding members of her own family, murdered by these young eyes…or something more sinister sending the events of that morning into her subconscious.

The forensic findings, according to Dr Harvey Michaels, the Pathologist on the axe found by local police in the shallow area of the river. The axe blade matched, but the weapon had been well wiped and cleaned, before being flung in the river.  He was not prepared to say without a doubt, that this was the weapon…for lack of blood traces upon it.

Under oath Grace Hoyden, the local doctor’s wife and receptionist stated that Catherine burst into the surgery at 11.15am, in tears, begging for help, at her discovery at the family home.  She was white as death, and there were no signs of blood on her hands or clothes.

Finally the jury retired to give their verdict, whether anyone was answerable for these murders.

The only evidence against Catherine, was that she was the only member of the Calvert family to have survived the attack.  Worst of all, she couldn’t account for some two hours, between their approximate time of death, and her bursting into the doctors surgery, reporting it.

That was long enough for her to change clothes and wash, before claiming to have found the bodies.

It is whether you believe, she be capable of such gruesome murders?

Upon their return the jury concluded that: Peter Calvert, Samantha Calvert, Michael Calvert, and Christina Calvert had been murdered by person or persons unknown.

Catherine, who had been the prime suspect of this violent and grisly murder of her family walked free from the Coroners Court.

I have a dream, better still a nightmare – and it never ends.

I ready myself, each and every night, as I place my head down on the pillow.  I sense the moment is near, as my body moves to sleep.  Soon it will start once again…as it has done every night since the day of the murders.

I visualize the horrific murders that have taken my family from me. The bloodied scene…one I am destined never to forget.

As the nightmare fades, I smell the countryside, and in the distance, amidst a thick mist, my parents, brother and sister, look on, only they know what happened that fateful day.

I awake each and every morning, my body drenched in sweat.  I tear out at the memory embedded in my head.

It can’t end like this, the events have cost me dearly, for I have aged twenty years in the last five years…I can’t remember the last time I had a peaceful nights sleep.

Was it a matter of guilt?

Natural Forces Declare War…

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I heard it on the radio that the world was coming to an end.  The dark purplish clouds that had been forming in the sky were not adverse weather conditions, as we had been told, but clouds of meteors on a direct course with Earth.  I just could not believe the words I was hearing.  I switched from one news station to the other … it was true; the world was coming to an end as we knew.

I looked out from my window, there was much commotion, people were packing up, and heading out of town … but to where?

That night our world changed as the news reader had said it would.  On the edge of our town, we were treated to a colourful display of lights, but they weren’t any old lights, by morning small craters had formed close to the town.

The craters housed meteors, about the size of a football, and they glowed from the intense heat they gave off.  By late afternoon, hundreds more objects burst forth from the skyline, streaking across the tree-line, crashing into houses, shops, bridges and petrol stations, setting them ablaze.  Who would have believed something so small could do so much damage.

As darkness enveloped our town, once home to 25,000 people, more than half the buildings were ablaze, and still these deadly meteors kept on coming, like missiles on a pre-arranged course…  Was this natural or man-made I asked?

People looked for safety, from this natural enemy, destroying their home, and their way of life.

How many had survived, such blatant destruction, on such a scale.  Billions lay dead, countries wiped out.

Natural forces, in their own way, had declared war on planet Earth.

Our planet all but died over the next few months, surface temperatures rose to three hundred degrees and more, if that did not kill you, the radiation surely would, but it would be slow and agonizing.

First the seas bubbled, then temperatures dropped seas froze turning to ice. What was once beach-side property disappeared under mounds of ice?  It was the start of a new ice- age, sending our planet back in time, to a pre-technology period.


Frightened, yet determined to survive, we built our new homes below ground. Four regional centres; Norpin, Gamelan, Cytherial and Magnellan colonies, each housed domed like structures, with inter-linking tunnels connecting them to a central dome, being the heart of life upon this planet.

Smaller domed structures have sprung up over the years surrounding the regional centres, used to provide homes for our ever-growing planets population.

The early colonists of the Gamelan region of our subterranean world, was where our farms were located, supplying much of the food we needed.  We had our own lighting source, from the moon orbiting our planet, as it breached cracks, and by breaking up rocks from old volcanoes.

We lacked manual knowledge so to speak, for we had relied heavily on technology to solve our problems.  Now we had to think like our ancestors did before us, how they would have solved a problem, by pooling ideas together, and experimenting.  We would learn, we would make mistakes, all in the name of survival.

Over the years the earth’s moon broke through the thick atmosphere surrounding our planet, and was known to breach the cracks and shine down upon our city, giving us hope!  I came to accept, that this was our Guardian Angel, looking over us, and protecting us in some way … letting us know life still exists.

I wonder what will happen to us, in the long term, will we create a new world? Will we ever be able to live above ground again?

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My Life: Julius Caesar


Gaius Julius Caesar was born on the 12thJuly 100 BC in Rome, Italy to parents Gaius Julius Caesar and Aurelia Cotta.  Allegedly Julius Caesar was a descendant of Trojan Prince Aeneas, and his birth marked the beginning of a new chapter in Roman history.

His parents believed in the Populare ideology of Rome, favouring democratization of the government and more rights for the lower class.  Whilst the Optimate factions claimed superiority for the nobility and traditional Roman values, which favoured the upper classes.

With the death of his father in 85 BC, the young Julius Caesar became head of the family. Belonging to the priesthood appealed to Caesar, bringing most benefit to the family, with this in mind he got himself nominated as the new High Priest of Jupiter.

The position of a priest carried conditions; one must be of patrician stock and married to a patrician. In 84 BC, Julius Caesar married Cornelia, the daughter of nobleman Lucius Cinna, an influential member of the Populares.  Julius and Cornelia were blessed with a daughter; Julia Caesaris in 76 BC, and in 69 BC, Cornelia died.

When the Roman ruler Sulla declared himself dictator, he systematically purged his enemies and those who held Populare ideology.  Caesar was targeted and ordered to divorce Cornelia, but refused.

Sullar had Caesar’s name added to a list of those to be captured and executed.  Caesar had no choice, but to go into hiding.  The sentence was lifted by the intercession of his mother’s family, the Cotta’s.

Julius Caesar was stripped of his position as priest, his wife’s dowry confiscated.  With no financial means by which to support his family, he had no choice but to join the army.

Julius Caesar, a man of God, proved his worth as a military man, and in 79 BC was awarded the “Civic Crown with Oak Leaves” for saving a citizens life in battle.

Caesar was sent to Nicomedes, to negotiate with the King of Bithynia, to obtain a fleet of ships, in which he proved to be a successful negotiator.

In 78 BC, Sulla the Dictator dies, and Caesar returned to Rome, and became an Orator (Lawyer).  He relocated to Rhodes to study philosophy.

In 75 BC, whilst sailing to Greece, he was captured by Cilician pirates and held for ransom, for thirty-eight days.

When Caesar learned they were asking a mere twenty talents, he proclaimed he was worth far more, and the ransom was increased to fifty talents.

Upon his release, he informed his captors he would hunt them down, crucify them and take back the money, this he did, as a warning to other pirates.  First he cut their throats, to reduce their suffering, as he had been treated well by his captors.

In 74 BC, Caesar put together a private army to take on Mithradates VI Eupator, King of Pontus, who had declared war on Rome.

In 69 BC, Caesar was elected to the post of Military Tribune, and in 67 BC married Pompeia, a wealthy Optimate and grand-daughter of the Emperor Sulla.  Their marriage was short lived, and the couple divorced in 62 BC.

In 65 BC Caesar was elected to the post of “Curule Aedile.”  To improve his popularity, he acquired loans from Crassus, to create the Roman games. Rumours ran rife, that Caesar had an affair with Pompey’s wife; Mucia and other prominent ladies.

In 62 BC he was elected to the post of Praetor, and in 61 BC served as Governor of the Roman Province of Spain.

In 62 BC, Pompey returned victorious from Asia.  He called upon the Senate to grant land, to his veteran soldiers, but this was being blocked by Crassus.

Caesar stepped in, displaying his abilities as a negotiator, earning the trust of both Crassus and Pompey, and convinced them they be better suited as allies instead of enemies.

Caesar went on to promise, if they support him getting elected, he would work in their best interests.

In 60 BC Caesar returned to Spain, and the first “Triumvirate” of Ancient was created.  An alliance between Julius Caesar, Gnaeus Pompey and Marcus Licinius Crassus.  These three men set aside their personal differences, joining forces for the good of Rome.  They dominated Rome’s government and controlled election for the good of the people.

In 59 BC, Caesar was elected Consul against Optimate opposition led by Marcus Porcius Cato, a shrewd politician.

Caesar married off his only daughter, Julia to Pompey to consolidate their alliance.  He himself married Calpurnia, whose father was of the Populare faction.  Their marriage would last until Caesar’s death.

Caesar pushed Pompey’s measures through the Senate; land for veteran soldiers, but every which way he turned he was being blocked.  He had no option but to take a controversial route, a means to an end.  Caesar attempted to buy off Pompey’s soldiers, with public land.  In a stage further, hired Pompey’s soldiers to stage a riot, and amidst all the chaos, Senate stepped down and Pompey’s veteran soldiers got their land.

In 58 BC, Caesar departed Rome for Gaul (Modern day Belgium & France) to take up his post as Governor of Gaul.  In the nine years as Governor of Gaul, he enlarged the army, undertook many campaigns, which would make him one of Rome’s all time leaders.  Caesar conquered the rest of Gaul up to the River Rhine, and proved to be a ruthless warrior.

As Caesar’s power grew, Pompey was envious of his political partner.  Crassus has never completely overcome his dislike for Pompey.  In 56 BC, Caesar, Pompey and Crassus met to renew their coalition in Luca, in light of Pompey’s move towards the Optimate faction.

In 54 BC, Caesar led a three month expedition to Britain, he was the first Roman to cross the English Channel.  He did not establish a Roman base on English soil, just checked out the area, for a future invasion.

Meanwhile Caesar’s coalition with Pompey was going through a rocky period, especially after his daughter Julia, Pompey’s wife had died in childbirth.

In 53 BC, Crassus received command of the Eastern armies, and was defeated and killed by the Parthians.

With the conquest of Gaul completed in 51 BC, Caesar set up a provincial administration to govern the territories.  The Optimate’s in Rome attempted to cut short Caesar’s term as Governor of Gaul.  They made it clear that he would be immediately prosecuted if he returned to Rome as a private citizen, and not a military leader with his army.

Pompey and Caesar were being manoeuvred into a public split; neither could yield to the other without loss of honour, dignity and power.

In 49 BC, Caesar tried to maintain his position legally, but when pushed to the limit, led his troops across the Rubicon River in the January.

Pompey aligned himself with nobility, who saw Caesar as a national threat, and civil war between the two leaders would be the final outcome.

Pompey’s legions were located in Spain, so he and Senate headed to Brundisium and sailed to the East. Meanwhile Caesar advanced on Rome, setting up a rump Senate and declared himself Dictator.

By 48 BC, Pompey and the Optimate faction had established a strong position in Greece.  Caesar had a dilemma; he had insufficient ships to move all his legions from Brundisium in a single crossing.  He had no choice, but to cross with 20,000 men with minimal amount of baggage, leaving Mark Antony his chief legate and second-in-command to follow with the rest of his forces.

In the final battle between Pompey and Caesar on the Plains of Pharsalus, Pompey had a force of 46,000 men to Caesar’s 21,000.  Even though Pompey had the larger force, Caesar was victorious that day.  Caesar pardoned Roman citizens who had been captured, an act of clemency.

Pompey had escaped the battle, and fled to Egypt, expecting to find friends, from time spent there in the past.  New’s of Caesar’s great victory had reached Egypt before Pompey’s arrival.  The Egyptian’s believed the God’s favoured Caesar, and promptly murdered Pompey as he stepped ashore, and chopped off his head.

In the October of 48 BC, Caesar with a force of 4,000 legionaries landed in Alexandria, and was presented with the head of Pompey, much to his disgust.  Caesar seized the royal palace and declared martial law.

Caesar discovered that the throne was under the joint heirs of Ptolemy XII; Ptolemy XIII and his sister Cleopatra VII.

Pothinus the Eunuch and the Egyptian General; Achillas had driven Cleopatra from Alexandria, sending her into exile, on the orders of Ptolemy XIII.

Cleopatra saw her chance to regain her throne from her brother, seeking assistance from the like of Caesar.  Cleopatra was smuggled into the palace, rolled up in a carpet.

Caesar deposed the co-ruler Ptolemy XIII and aligned himself with Cleopatra; the Egyptian Queen, igniting a war between Caesar’s legions and the Egyptian army loyal to Ptolemy XIII.

Caesar’s forces held onto the palace and harbour, against an onslaught of 20,000 men led by Achillas, for six months until help arrived and the Egyptian forces were defeated in the March of 47 BC.

Caesar and Cleopatra became lovers and in the latter months of 47 BC, Cleopatra gave birth to a son; Caesarion son of Caesar.

In 47 BC, Caesar left Alexandria and Cleopatra, his mistress, to crush a rebellion by Pharnaces, son of Mithridates in the East.

Caesar’s forces defeated the armies of the Optimate faction under Cato who had allied themselves with King Juba of Numidia at the “Battle of Thapsus.”  Cato took his own life, rather than be pardoned by Caesar.

On the 25thJuly 46 BC, a victorious Julius Caesar arrived back in Rome, triumphant over the Gauls, Egyptians, Pharnaces and Juba.  He established his mistress Cleopatra and his son Caesarion, in a luxury villa across the River Tiber in Rome.  Cleopatra had hoped Caesar would recognize and legitimize Caesarion as his son and heir, but Caesar named his grand-nephew, Gaius Octavius Thurinus (Octavian) as his heir.

The Senate were incensed by his indiscretion of a mistress, as he already had a wife.

In April of 45 BC, the sons of Pompey: Gnaeus and Sextus, led a rebellion in Spain.  Caesar met them in battle at Munda, where Gnaeus was killed and Sextus escaped, to become leader of the Mediterranean pirates.

In 44 BC, Julius Caesar received the title: Dictator Perpetuus (Dictator for Life).  At the public festival, Mark Antony offered him a diadem (symbol of the Hellenistic monarchs), but Caesar refused, saying Jupiter alone is King of the Romans.

Caesar’s rule proved instrumental in reforming Rome for his countrymen, land redistribution among the poor and military veterans, relieving debt and reforming the Senate, by increasing its size and opening it up, to represent all Romans.  A benevolent Caesar, even invited some of his defeated rivals to join him in government.

On the 15thMarch 44 BC, Julius Caesar was assassinated by Senators in the portico of the basilica of Pompey the Great.  His assassins were Marcus Junius Brutus and Gaius Cassius Longinus, along with sixty conspirators.  Caesar was stabbed twenty-three times, and died at the base of Pompey’s statue.

Following his death, Caesar became a martyr of the new Roman Empire.  Low and middle class Romans gathered at Caesar’s funeral, with angry crowds attacking the homes of Marcus Junius Brutus and Gaius Cassius Longinus, for murdering Julius Caesar.

A power struggle ensued in Rome, which led to the end of the Roman Republic.

Caesar’s great-grand nephew; Gaius Octavius Thurinus (Octavian), his chosen heir, put together an army, taking on military troops protecting Marcus Junius Brutus and Gaius Cassius Longinus, the leading assassins of Julius Caesar.  Octavian got his revenge over these murderer’s, took the name Augustus, and in 27 BC became the first Roman Emperor.

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My Life: Pompey


Gnaeus Pompeius Magnus, also known as Pompey was born in 106 BC to Gnaeus Pompeius Strabo.

Pompey’s military career started during the Social Wars (91-89 BC), serving under his father’s army at Asculum in 89 BC.  In 83 BC aged just twenty-three, the young Pompey procured his own private army of three legions; his father’s veteran soldiers , giving him the way with all to fight for Sulla.  Shortly there after Pompey was sent to Sicily, and then Africa, to put down dissident forces.

On the 12thMarch 81 BC, Sulla gave Pompey the right of triumph, which was only afforded to Generals.

The Right of Triumph:

In classical times, the procession would enter Rome through the “Triumphal Gate.”  It made its way to the capitol, comprising of a four-horse chariot, with out-riders, eminent captives, captured spoils and animals for sacrifice.  Escorted by senate and magistrates.  A slave would ride with him, holding a laurel wreath above his head, a reminder that he be mortal.  (An excerpt from Oxford Dictionary of Classical Myth & Religion).

Following the death of his first wife Aemilia, Pompey married Sulla’s step daughter, Mucia Tertia in a political move.

In 78 BC, Pompey supported Lepidus for consulship, and in response Sulla removed Pompey from his will. In 77 BC, Pompey supported Quintus Lutatius Catulus, and Sulla observed Pompey had learnt his lesson…

In 77 BC, Pompey was dispatched to Spain, to assist in the struggle against Sertorius.

Pompey returned to Rome in 71 BC, wiping out scattered bands of slaves, those loyal to Spartacus. Pompey tried to take credit, for ending the slave war, when the true victor was Crassus.  Pompey’s victories saw him achieve victory and his second triumph on the 29thDecember 71BC.

Pompey an experienced warrior by 70 BC, was not eligible for consulship.  The rules were waived in Pompey’s favour, as he stepped into the limelight accepting the post alongside Crassus.  Following his consulship, Pompey opted not to take a province under his control.

According to Gabinian Law of 67 BC, it gave Pompey the power and authority to oppose and dispose of the increasing problem of piracy in the Mediterranean, which posed the greatest of threat’s to Rome’s corn supply line.

Gabinian Laws granted him a command for three years, and within two months he dealt with the pirate problem.  In 66 BC Pompey was given command of the Roman army, against the Mithradates VI of Pontus. With their defeat under his belt, Pompey took Bithynia, Pontus and Syria, making them Roman provinces, becoming a stepping stone for the Roman conquest of the East. In 62 BC, Pompey returned to his homeland of Italy, disbanded his army, entering Rome on the 30thSeptember 61 BC.

Pompey celebrated a procession of triumph through the streets of Rome, in honour of all his wars at once.  He was represented by Pontus, Armenia, Cappadocia, Cilicia, Syria, Albanians, Heniochi, Achaens of Syria and Eastern Iberians.

Some 1,000 strongholds captured, 900 cities, 800 pirate ships captured and 39 new cities founded.

Pompey had hoped the Senate would approve land grants for his army veterans, his request was denied.

With Caesar’s return from Spain in 60 BC, Pompey formed the “First Triumvirate,” with Caesar and Crassus, the three most powerful and influential men in Rome.

In 59 BC, Caesar was appointed consul, supported by Crassus and Pompey, which enabled Pompey to fulfil the land grants to his veteran soldiers.

In 59 BC, Pompey divorced his wife Marcia, and married Julia, the daughter of Julius Caesar.

In 55 BC Pompey and Crassus were appointed joint consulship.  After his term of office had come to an end, Pompey was named Governor of Spain, who chose to stay at home, and have his territories governed by legates.

Pompey dropped out of further political marriage links with Caesar, when his wife Julia died in childbirth in 54 BC.

In 53 BC Crassus was slain at the “Battle of Carrhae.”  With Crassus dead, it spelled doom for the “Triumvirate,” for Caesar and Pompey no longer saw eye to eye.  The deep hatred that had laid dormant, had all the hallmarks of Civil War.  Pompey left Rome bound for Greece with Caesar on his tail.

On the 9thAugust 48 BC, Pompey and Caesar came face to face in a pitched battle at Pharsalus in Thessaly, where Caesar was victorious.  Pompey fled to Egypt, and on the 28thSeptember 48 BC, was murdered as he disembarked at Alexandria.

Image: Painting of Pompey

Anne Boleyn’s Quest…


Anne Boleyn dressed to kill
shone out in Henry’s court,
she caught Henry’s eye
she being Henry’s new Queen.

She promised him a male heir
for being his new Queen,
a promise she failed to keep
bearing a daughter, not a future King.

Anne fell from favour
Henry’s eyes wandered,
Anne plotted against Henry
committing acts of treason.

Anne’s acts of treason
received a guilty verdict,
executioner, sharpen thy axe
as Anne, walked to the block.

Friends and Enemies…

King  Henry II & Thomas Becket 

Man of God and King
friends to the end,
became bitter enemies
as church, opposed the King.

Loyal warriors of Henry II
carried out King’s wishes,
to rid him of this man
one; Thomas Becket.

They killed him
this man of God,
they murdered him
upon his altar.

Penance was demanded
from King and Knights,
for the life of Thomas Becket
a true martyr, to his faith.

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