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Pyrrhus of Epirus

318 BC - 272 BC

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Pyrrhus (; Greek: Πύρρος Pýrrhos; 319/318–272 BC) was a Greek king and statesman of the Hellenistic period. He was king of the Greek tribe of Molossians, of the royal Aeacid house, and later he became king (Malalas also called him toparch) of Epirus. He was one of the strongest opponents of early Rome, and had been regarded as one of the greatest generals of antiquity. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Pyrrhus of Epirus has received more than 2,079,744 page views. His biography is available in 63 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 60 in 2019). Pyrrhus of Epirus is the 22nd most popular military personnel (down from 19th in 2019), the 37th most popular biography from Greece (down from 31st in 2019) and the 5th most popular Greek Military Personnel.

Pyrrhus of Epirus is most famous for his victory over the Romans at the Battle of Asculum in 279 BC.

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Among military personnels, Pyrrhus of Epirus ranks 22 out of 1,468Before him are Erich von Manstein, Chiang Kai-shek, Heinz Guderian, Arminius, Ratko Mladić, and Ptolemy I Soter. After him are Cao Cao, Charles XIV John of Sweden, Cesare Borgia, Simo Häyhä, Jochi, and Wilhelm Keitel.

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Among people born in 318 BC, Pyrrhus of Epirus ranks 1After him is Ptolemy Keraunos. Among people deceased in 272 BC, Pyrrhus of Epirus ranks 1

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Among people born in Greece, Pyrrhus of Epirus ranks 37 out of 936Before him are Leonidas I (-540), Hayreddin Barbarossa (1478), Pargalı Ibrahim Pasha (1493), Cleisthenes (-565), Gorgias (-483), and Ptolemy I Soter (-367). After him are Solon (-638), Myron (-500), Polybius (-208), Aristarchus of Samos (-311), Muhammad Ali of Egypt (1769), and Leucippus (-500).


Among military personnels born in Greece, Pyrrhus of Epirus ranks 5Before him are Alexander the Great (-356), Spartacus (-109), Themistocles (-524), and Ptolemy I Soter (-367). After him are Miltiades (-540), Seleucus I Nicator (-358), Hephaestion (-356), Cimon (-510), Mardonius (-600), Djemal Pasha (1872), and Parmenion (-400).