Pyrrhus of Epirus Biography
(King of Epirus from 297 BC to 272 BC)
Pyrrhus of Epirus was a Greek general and statesman, whose military victories against Rome gave rise to the phrase ‘Pyrrhic victory’. Indeed, some of his wins turned out to be as much costly for him as for the Romans, referring to which, he is believed to have said "If we are victorious in one more battle with the Romans, we shall be utterly ruined". Born in Epirus, a historical region now shared between Greece and Albania and located between the Pindus Mountains and the Ionian Sea, he belonged to the Molossian tribe, which inhabited the region since the Mycenaean era. Although born as the only son of King Aeacides, he was raised in the household of Glaucias, the ruler of Taulantii, since the age of two. At the age of twelve, he was restored to the throne of Epirus, losing it again at fifteen, finally recouping his kingdom around the age of twenty-one. He spent the next years of life constantly fighting wars and winning most of them. He died at the age of forty-six while trying to capture Argos.