- Feb 2012
Aurelian seems to have those personal qualities common to successful Roman military conquerors. A good grasp of strategy, capable organiser, strict and focused leader. One god, one people? A man who probably wasn't hindered by tradition. His rise from the lowest ranks to command of Rome's legions is telling. Granted, some of that must be good fortune and circumstance, but he was clearly impressing a lot of influential people. Difficult to compare commanders in my view because they don't generally fight the same war with the same army. Aurelian would be a strong opponent if you gave him enough time.