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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP07 Nov 2019 8:42 p.m. PST

"Pyrrhus was one of antiquity's more curious characters. Part Odysseus in his wanderings and Achilles in his fighting he was unfortunate to borrow from the character of Agamemnon when it came to politics. When a son asked him who he would leave his Kingdom to he answered "to whoever has the sharpest sword".

Pyrrhus avoided answering this delicate problem as he was forced from Epirus. He then became a general for hire. Tarentum, a Greek city in southern Italy recruited him to combat a growing and belligerent neighbour to the north, Rome.

In 280 BCE Pyrrhus met a Roman force at the Battle of Heraclea. With a reasonably well-trained army (around 30,000) he could only field 20 elephants, which underpins a vital aspect concerning them. The Wars of the Successors had been fought in and around the Levant and Middle East, where elephants could be more easily recruited…"
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Piyan Glupak07 Nov 2019 9:36 p.m. PST

Must admit that I have a soft spot for Pyrrhus in Italy games. I have Camillan Roman and Pyrrhic armies in both 6mm and 15mm.

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP08 Nov 2019 11:15 a.m. PST

Good for you!

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