licked his dry lips and took a breath.


“To be honest, I didn't have the confidence to live up to father's expectations to become a politician right away.
Compared to Publius, my lack of ability was evident over and over again.”


“If that's the case, you should have put in more effort.”


“It was painful to see father's expectations shift to my younger brother, and I hated myself for not being talented.”


It was a well-constructed lie, but the effect was clear.


Crassus' cold eyes shook for an instant.
He was Marcus's father after all.


There was no father whose heart would not be shaken by the sincerity of his son who frankly told him the reason for the discrepancy.


“So you're saying that's the reason you drank and had all sorts of accidents from a young age?”


“I wanted to escape from reality.
But I've made up my mind.
I'll admit what I have to admit.
I can't be like my brother.
Instead, I want to help the family in a different field then.”


“Is there any reason why you suddenly had that kind of heart?”


Crassus didn't realize it, but his tone had softened enough that anyone could hear it.


Deciding that he had almost passed it, Marcus put all his energy into the facial expressions.


“When I woke up a few days ago completely drunk and passed out, I felt a tremendous sense of shame.


Now, at your age, it is the time when you are most sensitive and emotional.
You must have been confused in many ways.


“As an older brother, you may feel that I have no sense of responsibility, but I decided to choose another path and pass on the burden of succeeding the family to my younger brother.”


“And the other path is business?”


Marcus replied with a nod of his head.


Crassus took his eyes off his son and closed his eyes for a moment.


An awkward silence hung around.


A silence that lasted only a few seconds in terms of time squeezed Marcus' chest.
If he failed here, he had no choice but to go back for a while and think of something else.


Crassus's eyes were relaxed, and he looked up at Marcus's face and let out a small sigh.


“If you're just watching and learning from the sidelines, there's no reason not to listen to your request.
If it's judged that you really have a talent for commerce, I'll prepare a suitable position for you.”


“Thank you! I will do my best not to disappoint you!”


Persuasion worked well.


To Marcus, who smiled in relief, Crassus did not forget and calmly added a condition.


“If it's judged that these were just empty words again, I won’t give you another chance from now on.
Will that be okay?”




Marcus had a few tricks and hence answered with determined eyes.


“I'll keep in mind that this is my last chance, I will learn with the determination to die.”


“I hope it's not just words.”


Marcus responded with a confident smile.


Although he didn't show it, Crassus was also deeply satisfied with his son's amazing change over the past few days.


Perhaps thanks to that, the conversation between father and son ended in a friendly atmosphere after a long time.




“So, that’s about all you need to know.”


“It's complicated…”


Marcus immediately began receiving training in the business run by the family.


Septimus, who had originally been on the job, was in charge of educating Marcus now.


Crassus's business was rightly called an ancient business.


Marcus immediately began to deeply reflect on the arrogance of modern people.


The wealth of the Crassus family was truly enormous beyond imagination.
The business he was managing based on this property was also incredibly vast.


According to the book, the property of the Crassus family was said to exceed 200 trillion won ($160 billion) in modern terms.


This was the 8th largest asset of all time among historical figures selected by Forbes magazine.


Marcus, who rarely had even 2 million won in his bank account, let alone 200 trillion, had no idea how much this was.


“Dispatch of specialized trained slaves to the mining industry, firefighting, plantation management, transportation and the production of wagons to be used therein, real estate, shipping, and even training gladiators…
is there even a field left that hasn't been touched?”


“You are right.
We are reaching out to all businesses that make money in Rome.”


'This is a real modern conglomerate itself.'


More than dozens of subsidiaries were operated under the name of freed slaves, and under these freed slaves, there were as few as tens to as many as hundreds of slaves.


Marcus was amazed at the scale and sophistication that far exceeded expectations.


“Because the Crassus family symbolizes the wealth of Rome.”


A sort of pride emanated from Septimus' expression, his shoulders straight.
It was such pride that they had contributed to the accumulation of this enormous wealth.


“If the scale of the business is this vast, it would have been impossible for even father to look at every detail, right?”


“Yes, but Master has an insight into the nature of business.
When he makes big decisions, it's our job to shape them.”


The more Marcus heard, the more similar this family business seemed to Korea's chaebol; The head of a company with strong control set the direction of the company, and competent presidents supported it.


'Oh my God, this type of business was possible in an ancient time…'


He was indeed overwhelmed, but fortunately, Marcus was not discouraged.


Anyway, what he was trying to do from the beginning was to set a big framework for the business and maximize profits.
Complicated details were not his concern.


The key to Marcus' plan was to buy low and sell high.
If he could do this, he could make an outrageous income.


The reason most people couldn't do that was that they couldn't predict price fluctuations.


Naturally, Marcus did not have that ability.
Fortunately, however, he had the knowledge to make predictions meaningless.


'The surge and collapse of wheat prices is a historical fact that is about to happen.
This alone can make a huge profit.'


The staple food of the Romans was wheat.
Whenever the price of this wheat fluctuated, the situation in Rome always changed rapidly.


Thanks to this, any book detailing the history of Rome always made a brief mention of wheat prices.


In modern society, information was money.
It was not much different in ancient society either.


Marcus seemed to have decided now how to use his knowledge in the family business.

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