American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- Crassus, Marcus Licinius 115?-53 B.C. Roman politician and general who joined Julius Caesar and Pompey in the first triumvirate to challenge the senate's power (60). Hungry for military glory, he invaded Parthia and was killed in battle.
“Crassus appears to have praised the first dictum in its proper philosophical sense; that the only truly rich man is he who is virtuous; Cicero suggests, that a text which is more to Crassus purpose is the other, that the wise man is the possessor of all things, that is, may make himself as rich as he pleases.”
“He calls Crassus ‘the most dangerous bull in the herd.’”
“For as long as Romans have tongues to speak, they will remember the name of Crassus as the man who crucified six thousand slaves over three hundred and fifty miles, with one hundred and seventeen paces between the crosses.”
“The cognomen of Crassus had been in the Famous Family of Licinius for many generations, but they still managed to breed true to it, Varro noted; it meant thickset (or perhaps, in the case of the first Licinius to be called Crassus, it might have meant intellectually dense?).”
“(Plutarch, "Crassus", 16.) (8) That is, the liberty remaining to the people is destroyed by speaking freely to the tyrant.”
“Marlborough, Duke of the Treaty of Gertruydenberg; his change of politics; rewards and grants to; his intrigues against Harley; his proposal to be made Commander-in-chief for life; attacked by Swift under the name of "Crassus"; charged with peculations with regard to bread contracts; threatened resignation of in 1708.”
“a horse, and requiring him to answer to the names of "Crassus" and”
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“Another of his profitable ventures was a school for slaves; Crassus purchased unskilled bondsmen, had them trained, and then sold them for handsome profits.”
“Crassus filled this void by creating his own brigade -- 500 men strong -- which rushed to burning buildings at the first cry of alarm.”
“If Crassus could not negotiate a satisfactory price, his men simply let the structure burn to the ground.”
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