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[2] Of his knowledge and ability in the field of military tactics and leadership one may get proofs from the writings on these subjects which he left. It is said also that Antigonus, when asked who was the best general, replied, ‘Pyrrhus, if he lives to be old.’ This verdict of Antigonus applied only to his contemporaries. Hannibal, however, declared that the foremost of all generals in experience and ability was Pyrrhus, that Scipio was second, and he himself third, as I have written in my Life of Scipio.1

1 The ‘book’ containing the Lives of Epaminondas and Scipio Africanus the Elder has been lost.

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