Jacob Abbott


By Jacob Abbott. The English saying “a Pyrrhic victory” comes from the name of the third century BC king of Epirus, Pyrrhus. After a battle with the Romans which was won at great cost, Pyrrhus famously said “one more victory like that and I will be undone.”

Pyrrhus, who was born only a few years after the death of Alexander the Great, was of the royal Aeacid house and his military adventures were nearly as remarkable as those of the more famous Macedonian king.

During his time, Pyrrhus conquered Sicily, parts of southern Italy, and finally Macedon, where he briefly held the crown.

This work chronicles the remarkable life of one of ancient European history’s most able military leaders, and also his bizarre and unexpected end.



Chapter 1: Olympias and Antipater

Chapter 2: Cassander

Chapter 3: Early Life of Pyrrhus

Chapter 4: Wars in Macedon

Chapter 5: War in Italy

Chapter 6: Negotiations

Chapter 7: The Sicilian Campaign

Chapter 8: The Retreat from Italy

Chapter 9: The Family of Lysimachus

Chapter 10: Sparta

Chapter 11: The Reconquest of Macedon

Chapter 12: The Last Campaign of Pyrrhus


144 pages. Paperback.


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Weight 6.78 oz
Dimensions 6 × 0.3 × 9 in

Jacob Abbott