Ancient Warfare VI.4

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Many ancient authors considered Pyrrhus of Epirus to be the best general of his time. He had major military talents, won a number of battles, was admired by the likes of Hannibal, and rose up from outcast to king. Yet, Pyrrhus is often overlooked, remaining in the shadow of his more renowned second cousin, Alexander the Great. He is mainly remembered for a number of incredibly costly "Pyrrhic victories", but his legacy extends beyond this unflattering saying.  

Theme: Out of Alexander's shadow: Pyrrhus of Epirus at War

  • Paul McDonnell-Staff, 'Introduction to the theme.'
  • Nicholas Sekunda, 'The Source: Pyrrhus and other writers at his court.'
  • Michael J. Taylor, 'The rise of a super-power. The Roman army in the age of Pyrrhus.'
  • Kurt Schrauder, 'The Reenactor: A veteran phalangite.'
  • Richard Evers, 'A one-man army: the forces of Epirus.'
  • Joseph Pietrykowski, 'First blood in Italy. The battle of Heraclea.'
  • Sidney Dean, '"How brave a field of war. Pyrrhus' campaigns in Sicily.'
  • Ross Cowan, 'The find: evidence for Roman boasts'
  • Wim van Broekhoven, 'The underestimated weapon. The evolution of the humble sling.'
  • Duncan B. Campbell, 'The debate: Evidence for medics amongst the milites.'

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