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Yet Pompey himself, to the contrary, proposal it neither honourable to fly a moment time sooner than Cæsar, and be pursued, while fortune had given him the good thing about a pursuit; nor certainly lawful prior to the gods to forsake Scipio and divers different males of consular dignity dispersed all through Greece and Thessaly, who needs to inevitably fall into Cæsar’s arms, including huge sums of cash and various forces; and as to his take care of town of Rome, that will so much eminently seem via removal the scene of conflict to a better distance, and leaving her, with no feeling the misery or perhaps listening to the sound of those evils, to look ahead to in peace the go back of whichever can be the victor. With this decision, Pompey marched forwards in pursuit of Cæsar, firmly resolved with himself to not provide him conflict, yet quite to besiege and misery him, by way of conserving shut at his heels, and slicing him brief. there have been different purposes that made him proceed this answer, yet in particular simply because a announcing that was once present one of the Romans serving within the cavalry got here to his ear, to the impression that they should beat Cæsar once attainable, after which humble Pompey too. and a few document it used to be therefore that Pompey by no means hired Cato in any topic of end result in the course of the complete conflict, yet now, whilst he pursued Cæsar, left him to protect his luggage via sea, fearing lest, if Cæsar will be taken off, he himself additionally via Cato’s potential now not lengthy after could be compelled to renounce his strength. when he was once therefore slowly attending the motions of the enemy, he was once uncovered on either side to outcries and imputations of utilizing his generalship to defeat, no longer Cæsar, yet his nation and the senate, that he may possibly regularly proceed in authority, and not stop to maintain these for his guards and servants who themselves claimed to manipulate the area. Domitius Ænobarbus, continuously calling him Agamemnon, the king of kings, excited jealousy opposed to him; and Favonius, by way of his unseasonable raillery, did him no much less damage than those that brazenly attacked him, as whilst he cried out, “Good pals, you need to no longer anticipate to collect any figs in Tusculum this 12 months. ” yet Lucius Afranius, who had lain below an imputation of treachery for the lack of the military in Spain, whilst he observed Pompey purposely declining an engagement, declared brazenly that he couldn't yet recognize why those that have been so able to accuse him didn't cross themselves and struggle this consumer and vendor in their provinces. With those and lots of such speeches they wrought upon Pompey, who by no means might endure reproach, or withstand the expectancies of his buddies; and hence they compelled him to damage his measures, in order that he forsook his personal prudent solution to stick with their useless hopes and needs: weak point that may were blamable within the pilot of a boat, how even more within the sovereign commander of such a military, and such a lot of international locations. yet he, even though he had frequently counseled these physicians who didn't agree to the capricious appetites in their sufferers, but himself couldn't yet yield to the illness and sickness of his partners and advisers within the warfare, instead of use a few severity of their therapy.