top of page

On This Day In History: Julius Caesar Defeated “Pompey The Great” At Pharsalus – On August 9, 48 BC

It happened at Pharsalus in central Greece.

Caesar had approximately 22,000 men; Pompey possibly had as many as 45,000.

Pompey concentrated the main force of his cavalry on his left infantry wing, hoping to outflank and overpower Caesar’s right wing, which was made up of a mixed band of cavalry and infantry. Caesar, however, foresaw the defeat of his right wing and had stationed behind it about 2,000 of his best soldiers.

In the resulting battle, Pompey’s cavalry drove back Caesar’s cavalry, only to find itself faced by the advancing corps of select men using stabbing spears rather than as javelins. The attack was unusual and confused Pompey’s cavalry turned and fled.

The victorious legionnaires then began to outflank the left wing of Pompey’s infantry; at the same time, Caesar’s third division, which had been held in reserve, was ordered to attack. Pompey’s legions broke, and he himself fled to Larissa.

About 24,000 of Pompey’s troops surrendered; the rest were dead or deserted, while Caesar’s, whose casualties were less than 250.

Featured Posts
Check back soon
Once posts are published, you’ll see them here.
Recent Posts
Search By Tags
Follow Us
  • Facebook Basic Square
  • Twitter Basic Square
  • Google+ Basic Square
bottom of page