Faults of the Achaean Officers
There are three methods followed by those who wish to
Defects of the Achaean officers.
arrive at an intelligent knowledge of tactics.
The first is by the study of history, the second
by the use of scientific treatises composed by
specialists, the third by actual experience on the field. But
of all three of these methods the Achaean commanders were
equally ignorant. . . .
A very general fault in the men was an unfortunate rivalry,
engendered by the ostentation and bad taste of the others.
They were very particular about their attendants and their
dress; and there was a show of splendour in this, kept up by
the majority beyond their means. But to their arms they paid
no attention whatever. . . .
Most people, indeed, do not so much as attempt to
imitate the real achievements of those who obtain success, but,
while trying to reproduce their unimportant peculiarities,
succeed only in displaying their own frivolity. . . .