Pyrrhus of Epirus  

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Pyrrhus (318-272 BC) (Greek: Πύρρος Pyrros) was one of the most successful ancient Greek generals of the Hellenistic era. He was king of the Greek tribe of Molossians (from ca. 297 BC), Epirus (306-301, 297-272 BC) and Macedon (288-284, 273-272 BC), and one of the strongest opponents of early Rome. Some of his battles, though successful, cost him staggering losses, from which the term Pyrrhic victory was coined.

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