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Pyrrhus Makers of History   By: (1803-1879)

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Makers of History

Pyrrhus

BY JACOB ABBOTT

WITH ENGRAVINGS

NEW YORK AND LONDON HARPER & BROTHERS PUBLISHERS 1901

Entered, according to Act of Congress, in the year one thousand eight hundred and fifty four, by

HARPER & BROTHERS,

in the Clerk's Office of the District Court of the Southern District of New York.

[Illustration: PYRRHUS VIEWING THE ROMAN ENCAMPMENT.]

PREFACE.

In respect to the heroes of ancient history, who lived in times antecedent to the period when the regular records of authentic history commence, no reliance can be placed upon the actual verity of the accounts which have come down to us of their lives and actions. In those ancient days there was, in fact, no line of demarkation between romance and history, and the stories which were told of Cyrus, Darius, Xerxes, Romulus, Pyrrhus, and other personages as ancient as they, are all more or less fabulous and mythical. We learn this as well from the internal evidence furnished by the narratives themselves as from the researches of modern scholars, who have succeeded, in many cases, in disentangling the web, and separating the false from the true. It is none the less important, however, on this account, that these ancient tales, as they were originally told, and as they have come down to us through so many centuries, should be made known to readers of the present age. They have been circulated among mankind in their original form for twenty or thirty centuries, and they have mingled themselves inextricably with the literature, the eloquence, and the poetry of every civilized nation on the globe. Of course, to know what the story is, whether true or false, which the ancient narrators recorded, and which has been read and commented on by every succeeding generation to the present day, is an essential attainment for every well informed man; a far more essential attainment, in fact, for the general reader, than to discover now, at this late period, what the actual facts were which gave origin to the fable.

In writing this series of histories, therefore, it has been the aim of the author not to correct the ancient story, but to repeat it as it stands, cautioning the reader, however, whenever occasion requires, not to suppose that the marvelous narratives are historically true.

CONTENTS.

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I. OLYMPIAS AND ANTIPATER 13

II. CASSANDER 40

III. EARLY LIFE OF PYRRHUS 64

IV. WARS IN MACEDON 86

V. WAR IN ITALY 111

VI. NEGOTIATIONS 134

VII. THE SICILIAN CAMPAIGN 159

VIII. THE RETREAT FROM ITALY 188

IX. THE FAMILY OF LYSIMACHUS 210

X. THE RECONQUEST OF MACEDON 235

XI. SPARTA 249

XII. THE LAST CAMPAIGN OF PYRRHUS 268

ENGRAVINGS.

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THE ROMAN ENCAMPMENT Frontispiece .

MAP EMPIRE OF PYRRHUS 12

EURYDICE IN PRISON 57

MAP GRECIAN EMPIRE 110

THE TROPHIES 132

THE ELEPHANT CONCEALED 145

THE ASSAULT 177

THE ROUT 206

THE FALLEN ELEPHANT 223

THE CHARGE 283

THE DEATH OF PYRRHUS 300

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