Modern writers have shown little interest in Crassus I know
of only two Lives, both of which are now forty years old,
Oman's chapter on Crassius in his 'Seven Roman Statesmen' is
little move than a reproduction of Plutarch and is therefore
of slight value, Deknatel's 'De Vita Marci Licini Crassi'
Is disappointing. He has not gone deeply into his subject,
and his conclusions are often wild.
Crassus's influence on Roman political life between 70
and 55 B.C. contrasts sharply with the infrequency of his
appearances in ancient literature. I have tried to fit
together the pieces of his life and to present the whole in
its true perspective in the picture of these years. So wide
a canvas contains many points of controversy, To include these
I have expended the footnotes and appended several additional notes,