chapter  11
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Pompey and the Pompeians in Bellum Civile III

In BC III Pompey at last appears as a worthy opponent of Caesar. Unlike in BC I, in the Greek campaign Pompey was present and in command. e duality of the Caesar-Pompey relationship from BC I is portrayed here as well, but at times the roles seem reversed. Pompey is presented as acting and talking like Caesar, although dierences are detectable. It is as if almost unwittingly Caesar paints Pompey as himself, or rather as he was at the beginning of the war. Possibly Caesar was so deeply involved in pointing out Pompey’s aws, that he does not notice the striking parallels in their conducts and emotional reactions to each other.