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    Posted: 14-Aug-2012 at 00:14
What is anyone's opinion on this man as a military leader and king?
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Who was He?!?SmileWhich did language speak?Do we have some original document from those days?What does His name means?There is a province in Albania named with His name-Epir-us...
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Pyrrhus or Pyrrhos (Greek: Πύρρος, Pyrros; 319/318 BC–272 BC) was a Greek[1][2]general and statesman of the Hellenistic era.[3][4] He was king of the Greek tribe of Molossians,[3][5] of the royal Aeacid house[6] (from circa 297 BC), and later he became king of Epirus (r. 306–302, 297–272 BC) and Macedon (r. 288–284, 273–272 BC). He was one of the strongest opponents of early Rome. Some of his battles, though successful, cost him heavy losses, from which the term "Pyrrhic victory" was coined. He is the subject of one of Plutarch's Parallel Lives (Greek: Βίοι Παράλληλοι).

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  Quote Don Quixote Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 14-Aug-2012 at 14:49
I love the man! He had guts, and knew the cost of independence; knew how to take risks, and how to pay for them. Great man, and as most great men, lost in the long run in this so unclean world - but he won my great respects.
Lamentably, with all my library in the US, I cannot support myself with nothing but net sources; probably I can find Plutarch online, I will try.
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  Quote Don Quixote Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 14-Aug-2012 at 14:50
Btw, Delenda, when you post links, to make them alive, click on the little globe with a bow and post the link inside; in this way it will become clickable.
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  Quote Delenda est Roma Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 14-Aug-2012 at 14:55
I just finished a bio on him by Champion. A very interesting man and very good tactically. Stratagetically he was.... not so hot. He was also way to heavy handed with his allies.
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  Quote Don Quixote Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 14-Aug-2012 at 15:28
Well, no one is perfect...
I'm looking forward for your future article on the bioSmile /you can't refuse to such whinning nowDead, can you?/
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  Quote Delenda est Roma Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 14-Aug-2012 at 15:32
If you insist but I start classes tomorrow :/.
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  Quote Don Quixote Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 14-Aug-2012 at 16:08
Whan you can, Delenda, no pressure. Are you doing history?

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  Quote Delenda est Roma Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 14-Aug-2012 at 16:11
Yes I am. Keep in mind I'm a junior in HS. So I will most likely be bored. Though last year I did take a college course in sociology and passed. I'll try to get around to it but I have lots of reading to do :).
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  Quote Don Quixote Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 14-Aug-2012 at 16:19
OK, so you are getting college classes whin in H? Very good, in 2 of the schools in WA where I subbed there was this program "Running Star"and they proposed classes for ambitious kids who want to geat ahead in time and save some money when getting in college with some classes already passed.
Are you starting HS from tomorrow, isn't it a little early? Whats state are you in, if it;s not a secret?
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  Quote Delenda est Roma Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 14-Aug-2012 at 16:23
Its no secret I live in Kansas.
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  Quote Don Quixote Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 14-Aug-2012 at 17:24
I see. The wind blew up the school year couple of weeks earlier thenLOL
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  Quote Delenda est Roma Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 14-Aug-2012 at 17:26
:p. nah its the same as always and throughout most of Kansas. But if you really do like Pyrrhus than Pyrrhus of Epirus by Jeff Champion is your book.
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  Quote Nick1986 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 14-Aug-2012 at 19:31
Was this the same Pyrrhus who was killed by a woman throwing a roof tile? His were the first "Pyrric victories" won at terrible cost
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  Quote Delenda est Roma Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 14-Aug-2012 at 19:34
No he wasn't killed by the brick. He was killed in street fighting and supposedly knocked out by a brick then beheaded by a soldier. Yes. The man defeated the Roman legions, Carthages armies, seized much of Macedonia, he was very good tactically no question about it.
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  Quote d' artagnan Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 14-Aug-2012 at 21:14
Why do you say he wasn't good strategically. I've never seen anything to show him as anything other then a clever general and a excellent soldier.
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  Quote d' artagnan Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 14-Aug-2012 at 21:15
Oh, by the way being a HS student on here is fun but sucks because you always end up feeling like a idiot.

Then again you might be a lot smarter then me its not very hard.
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  Quote Delenda est Roma Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 14-Aug-2012 at 21:21
Originally posted by d' artagnan

Oh, by the way being a HS student on here is fun but sucks because you always end up feeling like a idiot.

Then again you might be a lot smarter then me its not very hard.

I've never felt like an idiot in my spheres of interest for a long whilr. Over 20 books on a single subject gives perspective ;).
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Originally posted by d' artagnan

Why do you say he wasn't good strategically. I've never seen anything to show him as anything other then a clever general and a excellent soldier.


His decision to leave Italy and fight in Sicily, leave Lilybaeum unconquered, abandon Sicily, treat his allies badly, several occasions in Macedonia he made bad stratagetic and political mistakes.
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