DBA II/27 Pyrrhic 300BC-272BC

Pyrrhus, the King of Epiros, was the only Hellenistic general to defeat the Romans in battle. As far as I’m aware he is the only Hellenistic general to fight the Carthaginians. That means Pyrrhus is the point where the wars of Alexander successors met the Punic Wars. Pyrrhus campaigned in Epiros, Greece and Macedonia during 306-281 BC, in southern Italy against the Romans in 280-275 BC, against the Carthaginians in Sicily in 278-275 BC, against the Romans again in 275 BC, and back in Greece 275-272 BC. This post is part of my series on Troop Identities in DBA Army Lists.

II/27 Pyrrhic

Arable. Ag: 4

  • (a) 300-281BC
    • 1 x 3Kn (Gen) [Xystophoroi]
    • 1 x 3Cv [Javelin armed Heavy Cavalry1]
    • 6 x 4Pk [Phalanx]
    • 2 x 4Sp [Mercenary or allied Greek Hoplites]
    • 2 x 2Ps [Archers, Slingers, Javelinmen]
  • (b) 280-272BC
    • 1 x 3Kn (Gen) [Xystophoroi]
      • or 3Cv (Gen) [Javelin armed Heavy Cavalry1]
    • 1 x 3Cv [Javelin armed Heavy Cavalry1]
      • or 2LH [Light Cavalry1]
    • 1 x 2LH [Light Cavalry1]
    • 1 x El
    • 4 x 4Pk [Phalanx, either Epiriot or Tarantine]
    • 2 x 4Sp [Mercenary, allied Greek or Italiot Hoplites]
    • 1 x 4Ax [Samnite, Lucanian or Bruttian Javelinmen]
    • 1 x 2Ps [Archers, Slingers, Javelinmen]


(1) Cavalry can be Epirot, Macedonian, Greek, Thessalian, Oscan, Acarnanian, Aitolian or Athamanian

This list corresponds to the following Field of Glory army lists:

  • Early Successor 323-280 (Immortal Fire)
  • Pyrrhic 280-272BC (Rise of Rome)

Field of Glory gives Pyrrhus:

  • Samnite, Lucanian or Bruttian Javelinmen from 280 BC to 275 BC
  • Galatians from 274 BC to 273 BC.

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