Ancient Rome: a new Power Rises

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The Romans did not necessarily have the best army, but the immensity of the Roman military allowed them to continue fighting despite tremendous losses. In 279bce, King Pyrrhus of Epirus defeated the Roman army in two battles. Rome had a larger supply of soldiers, and while the Romans suffered greater casualties, the losses inflicted by the Romans destroyed Pyrrhus’ smaller army. Today we refer to a pyrrhic victory as an achievement with such disastrous results that it is actually a defeat. If your favorite team wins a game that clinches a berth in the playoffs – but loses two star players to injury in that game – the win could turn out to be a pyrrhic victory.

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