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Latin

Iam vero virtuti Cn. Pompei quae potest oratio par inveniri? Quid est quod quisquam aut illo dignum aut vobis novum aut cuiquam inauditum possit adferre? Neque enim illae sunt solae virtutes imperatoriae, quae volgo existimantur,—labor in negotiis, fortitudo in periculis, industria in agendo, celeritas in conficiendo, consilium in providiendo: quae tanta sunt in hoc uno, quanta in omnibus reliquis imperatoribus, quos aut vidimus aut audivimus, non fuerunt.

English

Indeed now, what speech can be found equal to the valour of Cnaeus Pompeius? What is there which anyone could relay either worthy of him, or new to you, or unusual to anyone? For nor are those the only virtues of a general which are valued by the people: hard work in business, bravery in dangers, diligence in acting, speed in executing, intelligence in foreseeing – things which were not as prevalent in all the other generals, whom we have either seen or heard of, than in this one man.