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
Fully illustrated story of the army of the Greek king who fought both Rome and Carthage in the 280s-270s BC, and gave the world the phrase 'a Pyrrhic victory' for a success so costly that it counts as a defeat.
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.
This is a very interesting and absorbing look at the later 'Successor' wars of the Helienistic world. -- Chris May * Battlefield *