- Feb 2019
Contemporaries and nigh contemporaries beg to differ. Pompey's military achievements were considered as greater than any Roman prior to him except Scipio.A list that includes Pompey but not Sulla is a list that cannot be taken seriously. Again, I'm not going to critique every name on every list, but that one discrepancy is so obvious it's impossible to let fly. For all I've talked up Paullus he doesn't belong in the top 10 either.
Plutarch: "that which most enhanced his glory and had never been the lot of any Roman before, was that he celebrated his third triumph over the third continent. For others before him had celebrated three triumphs; but he celebrated his first over Libya, his second over Europe, and this his last over Asia, so that he seemed in a way to have included the whole world in his three triumphs."
I'm not saying that he was better than Sulla, but maybe you're being too aggressive saying such opinion "cannot be taken seriously."