- James Houser
Unknown Soldiers Episode #18: One More Such Victory - Maps, Images, and Sources
I almost didn't do this episode, cause it comes a little too close to the well-trodden ground I'm trying to avoid by doing this podcast. But it wouldn't be a well-rounded military history variety show if I didn't work in some ancient Greece here and there, right?
As a military history hobbyist, one of my longest-running backburner project is a list ranking the great generals of history. Ever since I did my work on my master's, I've really come to realize the ahistorical nature of this little project. It would just never be a serious work of history; there's no way to objectively rank individuals that's not completely arbitrary. But it IS fun, and I fiddle with it every now and then.
Pyrrhus of Epirus is a guy who has a reputation for being an amazing general, when I think he was very much...not...that. Just based on any sort of analysis. And I think my case is summed up pretty well in this episode.
Anyway, below are some maps and my list of sources. See you next week!
Anson, Edward M. Alexander's Heirs: The Age of the Successors. Chichester, West Sussex: Wiley-Blackwell, 2014.
Champion, Jeff . Pyrrhus of Epirus. Barnsley, South Yorkshire: Pen & Sword Books Limited, 2009.
Cole, Myke. Legion versus Phalanx: The Epic Struggle for Infantry Supremacy in the Ancient World. Oxford: Osprey, 2018.
Everitt, Anthony. The Rise of Rome: The Making of the World's Greatest Empire. London: Random House, 2013.
Plutarch; John Dryden trans. Lives of the Noble Graecians and Romans. New York: Barnes & Noble Publishing, 2006.
Sekunda, Nicholas. The Army of Pyrrhus of Epirus, 3rd Century BC. Oxford: Osprey, 2019.