The Army of Pyrrhus of Epirus

The Army of Pyrrhus of Epirus

3rd Century BC

Men-at-Arms 528
  • Author: Nicholas Sekunda
  • Illustrator: Peter Dennis
  • Short code: MAA 528
  • Publication Date: 19 Sep 2019
  • Number of Pages: 48
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Pyrrhus was one of the most tireless and famous warriors of the Hellenistic Age that followed the dispersal of Alexander the Great's brief empire. After inheriting the throne as a boy, and a period of exile, he began a career of alliances and expansion, in particular against the region's rising power: Rome. Gathering both Greek and Italian allies into a very large army (which included war-elephants), he crossed to Italy in 280 BC, but lost most of his force in a series of costly victories at Heraclea and Asculum, as well as a storm at sea. After a campaign in Sicily against the Carthaginians, he was defeated by the Romans at Beneventum and was forced to withdraw. Undeterred, he fought wars in Macedonia and Greece, the last of which cost him his life. Fully illustrated with detailed colour plates, this is the story of one of the most renowned warrior-kings of the post-Alexandrian age, whose costly encounters with Republican Rome have become a byword for victory won at unsustainable cost.

Biographical Note

Nicholas Sekunda was born in 1953. After studying Ancient History and Archaeology at Manchester University, he went on to take his PhD in 1981. He has taken part in archaeological excavations in Poland, Iran, and Greece, and participated in a research project on ancient Persian warfare for the British Institute of Persian Studies. He has published numerous books and academic articles, and is currently teaching at the Institute of Archaeology and Ethnology in Torun, Poland.Peter Dennis was inspired by contemporary magazines such as Look and Learn, leading him to study Illustration at Liverpool Art College. Peter has since contributed to hundreds of books, predominantly on historical subjects, including many Osprey titles. A keen wargamer and modelmaker, he is based in Nottinghamshire, UK.

Contents

Introduction: the peoples of Epirus, and their confederation before the accession of Pyrrhus as King of the Molossians . * Chronology of the reign of Pyrrhus, 307-272 BC . * The appearance of Pyrrhus. * Pyrrhus as general: his books on the art of war; his coucillors. * The Army of Pyrrhus: Guard Cavalry, Line Cavalry, Macedonian Phalanx, Epirote Phalanx, Mercenary Phalanx, Elephants, and Slingers. * Pyrrhus's Allies: the Tarantines, Lucanians, Bruttians and Samnites. * Plate Commentaries
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