From Epirus with love

Pyrrhus had the bulk of the army of Epirus with him, probably 20,000-25,000 men, while Pantauchus commanded but a detachment of Demetrius' army consisting of around 11,000 men.

The fighting was heavy, and according to the sources Pantauchus and Pyrrhus sought out one another. Pantauchus challenged Pyrrhus to individual combat, Pyrrhus accepted. After hurling spears at each other they fought it out with swords. Pyrrhus was wounded, but in return wounded his opponent twice, in the thigh and in the neck. Pantauchus' bodyguards had to carry him away.

Emboldened by their king's victory the Epirots resumed their attack and broke Pantauchus' army, and took 5,000 prisoners. The army then honoured Pyrrhus by bestowing the surname of 'Eagle' upon him (way before khabibi). Demetrius, upon hearing of Pyrrhus' victory, marched back to Macedon.

Pyrrhus released his prisoners and marched back to Epirus for body and mind.

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Are are you making a social commentary via the cautionary tale of the Pyyrhic Victory?

A Pyrrhic victory?

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Interesting note that when Publius Cornelius Scipio Africanus defeated Hannibal, Hannibal said that the only people he considered greater generals than himself were Alexander and Pyrrhus. But if he had beaten Scipio, he'd consider himself the greatest of all.

HELWIG -

Interesting note that when Publius Cornelius Scipio Africanus defeated Hannibal, Hannibal said that the only people he considered greater generals than himself were Alexander and Pyrrhus. But if he had beaten Scipio, he'd consider himself the greatest of all.

Very true. It blows me away that Generals such as Hannibal and Scipio actually lived to an old age. Such an old age that they could sit down and randomly have a beer together and shoot the shit after all was said and done.

Pyrrhus was an incredible General. Absolute mad kent

HELWIG -

Interesting note that when Publius Cornelius Scipio Africanus defeated Hannibal, Hannibal said that the only people he considered greater generals than himself were Alexander and Pyrrhus. But if he had beaten Scipio, he'd consider himself the greatest of all.

He probably didn't say that, otherwise he would mention Epaminondas. That dude made defeating Spartans look easy and his battle winning tactics were later used by Alexander in his conquests.


 


Remember Leuctra.

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HELWIG -

Interesting note that when Publius Cornelius Scipio Africanus defeated Hannibal, Hannibal said that the only people he considered greater generals than himself were Alexander and Pyrrhus. But if he had beaten Scipio, he'd consider himself the greatest of all.

He probably didn't say that, otherwise he would mention Epaminondas. That dude made defeating Spartans look easy and his battle winning tactics were later used by Alexander in his conquests.


 


Remember Leuctra.


Im willing to look past your SUSPICIOUS join date/post count because I havent heard anything about this.