de imperio: 36


Latin

Est haec divina atque incredibilis virtus imperatoris. Quid ceterae, quas paulo ante commemorare coeperam, quantae atque quam multae sunt? Non enim bellandi virtus solum in summo ac perfecto imperatore quaerenda est, sed multae sunt artes eximiae huius administrae comitesque virtutis. Ac primum, quanta innocentia debent esse imperatores? quanta deinde in omnibus rebus temperantia? quanta fide? quanta facilitate? quanto ingenio? quanta humanitate? Quae breviter qualia sint in Cn. Pompeio consideremus: summa enim omnia sunt, Quirites, sed ea magis ex aliorum contentione quam ipsa per sese cognosci atque intellegi possunt.

English

This is the godlike and incredible excellence of a general: well then! The rest, which I began to mention a short while ago, how great and how many they are? For not only should excellence in conducting war be sought in the greatest and the perfect general, but many rare skills are the attendants and companions of this excellence. And first, of how much integrity should generals be? Then, of how much self-restraint in all matters? Of how much trustworthiness? Of how much approachability? Of how much intelligence? Of how much humanity? Let us consider briefly of what kind these things are in Gnaeus Pompey: for they are all very important, Romans, but they can be recognised and understood more from comparison with other than through themselves alone.