- Feb 2019
This was the first one I found using the forum's search engine (admittedly didn't look past it)His "win" over Caesar... he had Caesar's army massively outnumbered, and if not for treachery on the part of deserters he would have lost the whole war at Dyrachium. He was a bad commander letting himself get penned up, with hygiene problems and illness spreading fast, and with only a small portion of the army able to evacuate from the sea probably. People like to say Caesar got lucky, but it's basically the reverse. Pompey's whole strategy was dumb, and he was far closer to a final defeat at Dyrachium than Caesar who regrouped and came back to crush Pompey in the next battle. Again, there are whole threads on this subject. You should search them up.
which of the 3 do you rate more highly on your list of all time great generals?
Apparently Pompey was voted as a superior military genius compared to Robert E Lee and Archduke Charles.
At any rate, while he was overall bested by Caesar as a commander a win over him is an achievement nonetheless. His African, naval and Asian campaigns were also successful. Ancient assessments of his ability are very high; contemporary writers are more moderate but still significantly on the positive side as far as I can tell.
Maybe you can link me to some detailed negative sources regarding his generalship. I admit I'm often unsure about his legacy as well.