Kiffi Summa has implied that the Locally Grown crew is a Triumvirate. I remember that concept from Shakespeare’s play, Julius Ceasar, (and maybe a government class in college), but, being short on time, I thought that I’d follow Alex Beeby’s lead (or laziness) and just quote Wikipedia:
The term triumvirate (from Latin, “of three men”) is commonly used to describe a political regime dominated by three powerful individuals. The arrangement can be formal or informal, and though the three are usually equal on paper, in reality this is rarely the case. The term can also be used to describe a state with three different military leaders who all claim to be the sole leader of the state.
Well, I’m sure Tracy will have words about the Latin source…
…and Tracy and I can both attest to the “rarely the case”.
Twice in the late pre-Principate period of the Roman republic, political power shifted from the formal magistrates and senate to three ambitious men, who thus constituted a transitional government, known as triumviratus, each time only to break up again in civil war:
- What modern scholars call the First Triumvirate was an informal political alliance of two rival generals, Julius Caesar and Pompey the Great representing the popular viz. senatorial party, with the extremely wealthy businessman Marcus Licinius Crassus. This fell apart after the death of Crassus, and the two other triumvirs fought a civil war, during which Pompey was killed and Caesar established his sole rule as perpetual dictator.
The Second Triumvirate was a formal governing body, consisting of Octavian and Mark Antony, the rivals for real power, and third wheel Marcus Aemilius Lepidus. Lepidus was sidelined early on in the triumvirate, and Antony was eliminated in a civil war, leaving Octavian as the sole leader.
For the Locally Grown Triumvirate, I’m tempted to call “Not Antony!”, although I do recall that he had rather an exciting time with Cleopatra, and she was a historic hottie.
I probably would have let the whole thing drop, but then I found the illustrative photo…I mean, is that Tracy, Griff and Ross or what?
It’s actually the Miracle Players, an english-speaking theater troupe based in Rome, but, personally, I found the picture too perfect not to post.
Hey Kiffi, how’s that for acknowledging your request without taking action?