10 Most Decisive Ancient Generals

5. Lucius Aemilius Paullus Macedonicus

Battle of Pydna (Losses ratio 1: 25) Lucius Aemilius Paullus Macedonicus was a Roman general and a two-time consul. He was praised as a supporter of liberal studies and a competent field commander. Paullus was re-elected as consul, after Consul Publius Licinius Crassus was defeated in the battle of Callicinus in Third Macedonian War. The Battle of Pydna is considered as a classic example of encounter between slow, frontally impenetrable Greek phalanx formations and more flexible Roman legions. The battle is considered as an important turning point of the Third Macedonian War. It ended with Macedonia being divided into four separate republics and they weren’t allowed to make contacts with one another.