Marcus Licinius Crassus (from the First Triumvirate) was considered to be richest man ever. After his death however, what happened to his immense fortune? It seems like a treasure like that would be noted in the annals, but I haven't seen anything Plutarch about this. Are there any other records?

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    Is it possible that Crassus built a secret tomb and it is loaded with gold? Hmmm. Oct 24, 2015 at 22:50
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    62 back in Roman times was much like 62 today: you're getting on in years, but have a reasonable expectation of another 10-15 or so.
    – Mark
    Oct 25, 2015 at 2:19
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    The correct answers would be: No one knows what happened to the gold, as there is no written record documenting its disposition, and it is possible he had a tomb built and had his gold hid there. It is unlikely, however, as if the gold he was purported to have controlled had ever been found, it surely would have elicited comment.
    – CGCampbell
    Oct 25, 2015 at 3:26
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    Let's see - can anyone think of a reason why Crassus' surviving son (Marcus Licinius Crassus) would not have received it, as per Roman law? (reddit.com/r/AskHistorians/comments/1bl126/…) Oct 26, 2015 at 3:43
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    Crassus wasn't Scrooge McDuck. His wealth was in land, investments in businesses and mines, and in loans to influential Romans. That did not go away when he died in Parthia.
    – Oldcat
    Oct 26, 2015 at 18:09

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Well, since Crassus died prematurely (at the Battle of Carrhae) during a rebellion that would seem to be unlikely. After all, if he were to have built a tomb it would have been in Italy, not Syria, and since he never got to retire to Rome because the Parthians unexpectedly killed him in battle, I think we can safely assume that whatever plans he had for his final resting place, they were unfulfilled.

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    Crassus didn't die in any rebellion.
    – Oldcat
    Oct 26, 2015 at 18:10

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