What does the expression "Pirrova Victory" mean?

If you are asked "who won the price of big losses?" You can safely answer - King Pyrrh. The expression "Pierry Victory" came to us from ancient times and means victory, produced at the price of too big losses.

Epirian king Pierre always differed by a militant character. Almost his whole life passed in military campaigns. His regular military adventure was directed against the forces of the Roman Republic. Having landed with the twenty thousandth of the army into the territory of the opponent Pyrr from Epira signed a world with nearby Greek cities. There are several Roman armies towards citizen. The most famous battle of the Roman campaign of Pyrro occurred at the city of Auchul.

Roman troops occupied defensive positions and within two days reflected on the Falangi and Cavalry of Pyrrh. In the end, the outcome of the battle was solved by the combat elephants of the king of Epirus. Romans retreated into their camp.

After the battle of Pierre examined the battlefield and, seeing hundreds of defeated epirian soldiers, exclaimed in the hearts: "another such victory and I will stay without an army! ".

Since then, this battle entered the history of the winged phrase "Pirrova Victory".

This is interesting: Pyrrr is deservedly considered one of the best coloders of antiquity. Despite the failure of the Italian campaign, he successfully fought against other states, glorifying himself and his army. But, as often happens with great people, his death was unexpected and nearby. According to the ancient chronicles, during the storming of the city of Argos, fighting already on the city streets, Pyrrh entered the fight with a young warrior. The mother of a soldier, who watched the battle from the roof of the house, saw her son not to cope with the king of Epirus. With despair, she threw a piece of tiles from the roof and threw it in Pyrrh. The sharp piece came straight into the gap between the helmet and the chest armor. The king fell and was to finish surrounding his enemies.

illustration: Statue of Pyrr Epirsk | Capitol Museum