In Part II of our overview of the career of Pyrrhus of Epirus, we pick up with Pyrrhus's campaigns in southern Italy. After whipping his Tarentine allies into shape, Pyrrhus defeated the Romans in two brutal battles, although both battles cost him so many of his own men that the term "Pyrrhic Victory" became proverbial. Following a brief stint in Sicily fighting against the Carthaginians, Pyrrhus returned to continue his wars in Greece. Despite the fact he failed in his efforts to carve out a new Greek empire in the West, his campaigns in Italy and Sicily set Rome and Carthage on a collision course that would result in the longest continuous war Antiquity would ever see.
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