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Battle of Pharsalus (48BC)

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The Battle of Pharsalus was fought in Greece in 48BC. The two combatants were Caesar and Pompey, the two greatest generals of the Roman Republic (they were also the last).

Despite Rome being famous for its invulnerable legions, the battle was decided by cavalry. More specifically, Caesar won the battle after he defied Pompey's massive cavalry charge.

Caesar then proceeded to become dictator for life of Rome, consequently starting the Roman Empire.

For more information, read Military History Podcast (February 2001): Battle of Pharsalus

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