Lost And Found (Part III): A Pyrrhic Victory


In 280 BC, King Pyrrhus of Epirus masterminded unlikely victories over the Romans in battles at Heraclea and Asculum.

No mean feat, you might think. Unfortunately, it was utter carnage. In the end, only three of Pyrrhus’s guys survived, cheering joyously and giving each other high-fives in a field littered with mutilated corpses.

Spool forward 2,300 years – and history is repeating. On the one hand, I’ve been reunited with my wallet and scored points over the person who misplaced it. On the other, I’ve already bought another one, and cancelled six cards and a travel-pass.

Hardly a massacre, but still.


6 Responses to Lost And Found (Part III): A Pyrrhic Victory

  1. short and snappy says:

    There may more relevance than you first imagined……..’As a general Pyrrhus’ greatest political weaknesses were the failure to maintain focus and the failure to maintain a strong treasury at home…’ – lost wallet and all that…..possibly reading too much into this though!

  2. 100 Words says:

    Love it – knowledge suitably embroidered

  3. stinkypaw says:

    Better be safe than sorry… at war and at home! 😉

  4. Gak! How’s that for succinct? LOL

  5. kyknoord says:

    Picking up on S&S’s comment: it’s sort of a fractal version of the bloodletting – a reduction in scale, but similar in kind.

  6. mad muthas says:

    oooh – it’s like university challenge here. i feel it my duty to come and lower the tone – simply by being here. although i am a radio star, as it goes (just hope i’m not killed by video)

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