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Phyrrhus of Eprius

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The Czar
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Phyrrhus of Eprius

Postby The Czar » Mon September 12th, 2011, 9:25 pm

I have recently been thinking hard about a topic to write a novel about. I wanted to write something set in the Classical world, but also something that has not been written to death. Thus, I ruled out the Trojan war and its aftermath, Alexander, the Punic Wars, Caesar and the early emperor, and numerous other topics.

I was beginning to despair, when I thought of Phyrrhus. His was an interesting reign, to say the least. Exile, murder, exile again, bloody wars... its all there. And best of all, I am not aware of any novel written about him.

I'm sure I'm wrong, and there is. Does anyone know? Either way, would anyone be interested in reading such a thing? Here is the wiki blurb on him for those who don't know...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pyrrhus_of_Epirus

Thanks for your inupt!
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Postby annis » Mon September 12th, 2011, 10:48 pm

Sounds like a great subject to me, Czar. There's a good market currently for historical adventures of the military sort set in the ancient world. And as Pyrrhus married five times, there's plenty of scope for a bit of a romantic element as well :) Pity his own memoirs were lost somewhere along the centuries. And what an ending - taken out by an old woman with a roof tile and a good aim! That's fate for you...

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Postby parthianbow » Tue September 13th, 2011, 12:49 pm

A fantastic choice, Czar. Go for it! I'll read it in a shot.
BTW I think his name's Pyrrhus, not Phyrrhus ;)
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The Czar
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Postby The Czar » Tue September 13th, 2011, 6:45 pm

"parthianbow" wrote:A fantastic choice, Czar. Go for it! I'll read it in a shot.
BTW I think his name's Pyrrhus, not Phyrrhus ;)


I've seen several spellings, but obviously, that would be a good place to start my research. :cool:
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Postby Chiliarch » Thu October 13th, 2011, 9:01 am

There's a novel by Ian Crouch "A Pyrrhic Victory: Volume I, The Shaping of Destiny".

But he is definitely an interesting character and though he's a bit late (after Alexander) I am considering reading about him. So please do write about him.


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