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Other people, now, count this sailing away of Pompey among his best stratagems, but Caesar himself was astonished that when he was in possession of a strong city and expected his forces from Spain and was master of the sea, he gave up and abandoned Italy. Cicero also blames him1 for imitating the generalship of Themistocles rather than that of Pericles, although he was situated like Pericles, and not like Themistocles.

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