The truth is, Pilate was one of many governors in the Roman Empire, assigned to a relatively small, non-prestigious post far, far from Rome. his power did not even extend over the whole of Israel - he governed only the southern part.
Had it not been for his involvement in the crucifixion of Jesus, Pilate would be an obscure and unknown figure in world history. For example, who knows the name of his predecessor? (For the record, it was Valerius Gratus.)
As it is, "Pilate" is now a household word. Every time the Nicene or Apostles Creed is said, his name is mentioned.
- Little Black Book, Diocese of Saginaw