Julius Caesar (100-44 BCE)
“Today the enemy would have won the war if only they had a commander who knew how to conquer.”
- This comment was allegedly stated by Caesar in reference to his unsuccessful siege of Pompey the Great at Dyrrhachium in 48 BCE. Pompey was able to resist Caesar’s efforts at encirclement, but Pompey, in Caesar’s opinion, failed to press his advantage after the siege was called off. The comment was recorded by Plutarch (Parallel Lives, Caesar, 39.39) and Suetonius (The Twelve Caesars, Caesar, 36).