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Twelve Emperors by Suetonius

Julius Caesar, Chapter 36: The Civil war, comment.[48-5 BC]
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In all the civil wars he [Note 1] suffered not a single disaster except through his lieutenants, of whom Gaius Curio perished [Note 2] in Africa, Gaius Antonius fell into the hands of the enemy in Illyricum, Publius Dolabella lost [Note 3] a fleet also off Illyricum, and Gnaeus Domitius Calvinus an army in Pontus [Note 4]. Personally he always fought with the utmost success, and the issue was never even in doubt save twice: once at Dyrrachium [Note 5], where he was put to flight, and said of Pompeius, who failed to follow up his success, that he did not know how to use a victory; again in Spain, in the final struggle [Note 6], when, believing the battle lost, he actually thought of suicide.

Note 1: he = Julius Caesar
Note 2: Civil war - battle of Bagradas River (49 BC)
Note 3: Civil war: Battle of Curicta (49 BC)
Note 4: Civil war - Pharnaces beats Domitius Calvinus (48 BC)
Note 5: Civil war - Battle of Dyrrhachium (48 BC)
Note 6: Civil war in Spain. Battle of Munda (45 BC)

Omnibus ciuilibus bellis nullam cladem nisi per legatos suos passus est, quorum C. Curio in Africa periit, C. Antonius in Illyrico in aduersariorum deuenit potestatem, P. Dolabella classem in eodem Illyrico, Cn. Domitius Caluinus in Ponto exercitum amiserunt. ipse prosperrime semper ac ne ancipiti quidem umquam fortuna praeterquam bis dimicauit: semel ad Dyrrachium, ubi pulsus non instante Pompeio negauit eum uincere scire, iterum in Hispania ultimo proelio, cum desperatis rebus etiam de consciscenda nece cogitauit.