- Nov 2011
- The Bluff
Yes, there are some similarities between the two in that regard. Pyrrhos set out having to reclaim his realm as did Demetrius after Ipsos. Both had to attempt to consolidate Macedonia as well as Greece. Both reached and lost. Both sought Pelopponesian dominance and failed at Sparta's walls and both alienated allies and supporters. Pyrrhos, though, was far more inclined to jump from project to the next though it pays to be careful as Plutarch - who is our main narrative source - uses literary devices to exaggerate this to suit his theme. For Pyrrhos, while the world might have been an oyster, that oyster was part of a decent farm; he spent much time tasting many and never finding the one.