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Pyrrhic Victory

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Definition: In 281 B.C., King Pyrrhus of Epirus (c. 318 - 272) landed on the southern Italian shore with 20 elephants and 25,000-30,000 men to defend his fellow Greek speakers (in Tarentum of Magna Graecia) against Roman domination. While Pyrrhus won the first two battles, he lost a large number of his men (and ultimately, the war).

The term Pyrrhic Victory comes from these devastating battles.

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