Anna Komnene


Anna Komnene (c. 1083-1153)

“The general should not invariably seek victory, in my opinion, by drawing the sword; there are times when he should be prepared to use finesse, if the opportunity appears and events alow it, and so achieve a complete triumph.”

  • From The Alexiad (Book XIII, chapter 4) by Anna Komnene, translated by E.R.A. Sewter, (Penguin Classics, 2009).

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