Crassus, Marcus Licinius. The triumvir with Pompey and Caesar. Was avaricious, and amassed great wealth. Appointed to the province of Syria, provoked out of cupidity war with the Parthians, in which Crassus was treacherously slain. Orodes, the king, cut off his head and poured melted gold into his mouth, saying as he did so, "Now sate thyself with the metal of which thou wert so greedy when alive." Born 105 B.C., died 53 B.C.