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Pyrrhus of Epirus was rated by Hannibal as the second greatest general yet seen placing himself third Indeed Hannibal referred to Pyrrhus as his teacher although the two never met since he learnt so much of the art of war from his writings Pyrrhus was born into the royal house of Epirus northwest Greece and was a second cousin of Alexander the Great His mother was forced to flee into exile to protect his life when he was a mere infant yet he prospered in troubled times and we. uite a nicely written book with lots of mapsAs a wargamer i really like this oneNot that much known about pyrrhus though hannibal rated him as one the greats apparentlyI think the author did a good job with what he had to handWell done

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Rmies at Heraclea and Asculum assisted by his use of elephants were won at such a high price in casualties that they gave us the expression 'Pyrrhic victory' These battles were the first clashes between the hitherto dominant Hellenistic way of warfare as developed by Alexander and the Roman legions and so full of tactical interest He failed in Italy and Sicily but when on to further military adventures in Greece eventually being killed in action while storming the city of Arg. Pyrrhus of Epirus profiles the Epirote king whom we know today for lending his name to the term Pyrrhic Victory The ancients however ranked Pyrrhus with Alexander and Hannibal as among the greatest generals who ever lived and revered him as the author of the premier texts on the strategy of warfarePyrrhus lived in tumultuous times and created uite a lot of tumult himself Born into the royal family of Epirus his early years were spent as a pawn and prot g of the successors of Alexander Exiled as a child he eventually wiggled his way back into the kingship After being expelled again by Macedonian King Cassander he fought for the Antigonids befriended Ptolemy I and with Ptolemy s help regained his own kingdom He then conuered half of Macedonia but uickly lost it to Thracian King Lysimachus As his renown as a general spread the Greek cities in Italy invited him to counterbalance the Roman Republic s aggressiveness He defeated the Romans twice by aweing them with his Greek phalanxes and Indian elephants which shocked their sensibilities But his victories were hollow as a ruler of a small state fighting a much larger state every casualty placed him at a disadvantage in the long run thus his Pyrrhic Victories Before stabilizing the Italian Greek cities he headed to Sicily where he conuered most of the island but failed to timely expel the Carthaginians leaving chaos behind in his wake On returning to Epirus he once again surged into battle defeating the Antigonid king and claiming the Macedonian throne But after intervening unsuccessfully in Sparta he died unbecomingly during a battle in Argos when a soldier s mother dropped a tile on his head On his death Epirus faded into obscurity the Greek cities fell to Rome Sicily returned to its former state of conflict and the Antigonids regained MacedoniaThe picture that emerges of Pyrrhus is that of a perpetually restless ruler competent in war but incompetent in statesmanship Though he fought with shockingly heroic bravery and strength and used his resources in battle well he never consolidated his gains nor built the alliances and relationships that could have solidified his victories Every win fostered his desire for victories and every loss steeled him for another fightJeff Champion s biography takes us through Pyrrhus s eventful life in a thoughtful narrative Champion uses the sources well and places Pyrrhus life in the context of his times We understand Pyrrhus s strengths and his many weaknesses and learn about the politics of the Greek city states and the Roman Republic Though a bit scattered and unedited than Champion s excellent Antigonus the One Eyed it s still an eminently readable history

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Nt from a refugee to become king Always an adventurer with an eye for the main chance he was deeply involved in the cut and thrust campaigning coups and subterfuges of the Successor kingdoms At various times he was king of Epirus twice Macedon twice and Sicily as well as overlord of much of southern Italy In 281 BC he was invited by the southern Italian states to defend them against the aggressive expansion of the burgeoning Roman republic His early victories over the Roman a. I found the book very readable and enjoyable Jeff Champion appears to cover the topic reasonably well to my limited knowledge I would recommend this book

  • Hardcover
  • 156
  • Pyrrhus of Epirus
  • Jeff Champion
  • English
  • 08 May 2019
  • 9781844159390

10 thoughts on “Pyrrhus of Epirus

  1. says:

    uite a nicely written book with lots of mapsAs a wargamer i really like this oneNot that much known about pyrrhus though hannibal rated him as one the greats apparentlyI think the author did a good job with what he had to handWell done

  2. says:

    It seems that only in military history is it possible to read an academic work that isn't as dry as dust and feels like it was written by a Dalek This is an example of one such book Jeff Champion's 'Pyrrhus of Epirus' is a very good telling of one of the lesser known famous figures of antiuityIf you ever wondered where the phrase

  3. says:

    This biography does better service to Pyrrhus then he did to himself on the battlefieldAs the giver of his own name to a pithy phrase describing a worthless or counter productive victory but also someone renown for bravery in the face of adversity Why ancient generals looked up to him has always been beyond me but he was and is a v

  4. says:

    ‘Pyrrhus of Epirus’ by Jeff Champion is infinitely readable and is the first book I have read by this particular author Pyrrhus is certainly one of the better known characters of antiuity known as one of the first eastern potentates to clash with Rome to mixed result Hence the continued use in the modern day of the term ‘Pyrrhic’ to denote a victory that was too costly Therefore I was a trifle surprised to learn in the a

  5. says:

    I found the book very readable and enjoyable Jeff Champion appears to cover the topic reasonably well to my limited knowledge I would recommend this book

  6. says:

    Pyrrhus of Epirus he of the adjectival victory won at too great a cost 'One such victory and we are lost' or alternative translation of your choice is one of the fascinating figures of antiuity Indeed he was uniuely position

  7. says:

    Pyrrhus of Epirus profiles the Epirote king whom we know today for lending his name to the term “Pyrrhic Victory” The ancients however ranked Pyrrhus with Alexander and Hannibal as among the greatest general

  8. says:

    This is a good book for those readers who enjoy anything to do with ancient history Champion provides a uick yet detailed look into the life of one of the Hellenistic Periods standout figures Pyrrhus of Epirus This narrative provides

  9. says:

    Pyrrhus of Epirus was a ruler who went around parts of Italy Sicily and Greece and the Balkans in the 3rd century BC trying to expand his dominions A capable general he was not able to hang on to his main conuests This book is very mu

  10. says:

    Even in my present state of Hellenistic obsession I found this book turgid This is only partly because Champion's interest is mostly in military matters The real flaw is the way the book is written so that it's both slow and bombastic I'd been looking forward to it and then I had to force myself through itChampion has also written a book on Antigonos which is a pity as I'd love to read a good book about Antigonos and it's unlikely that s

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