Pyrrhus p r s ancient greek pyrrhos 319 318 272 bc was a greek general and statesman of the hellenistic period he was king of the greek tribe of molossians of the royal aeacid house from c 297 bc and later he became king of epirus r 306 302 297 272 bc he was one of the strongest opponents of early romehis battles though victories caused him . Pyrrhus pyrrhus king of hellenistic epirus whose costly military successes against macedonia and rome gave rise to the phrase pyrrhic victory his memoirs and books on the art of war were quoted and praised by many ancient authors including cicero upon becoming ruler at the age of 12 pyrrhus allied. Pyrrhus also pyrrhos or phyrrhus c 319 272 bce was the king of epirus in northern greece between 306 and 302 bce and again between 297 and 272 bce winning great victories against the armies. Pyrrhus second cousin neoptolemus had been reigning in epirus since pyrrhus was deposed on pyrrhus return they ruled jointly but neoptolemus and one of his followers tried in vain to suborn myrtilus one of pyrrhus cupbearers to poison him
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