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  Mantikora-The Battle of Heraclea-Before and After
The spectacular battle of Heraclea which arose in the year 280 BC was a mere portent of the following century.
During the battle superior Spartan hoplites were routed by determined attack of light infantry against unprotected flank of Spartan phalanx.
At the period of the battle of Heraclea, the pilum was not an ordinary equipment of all legionnaires.
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 Battle of Heraclea Information
The Battle of Heraclea took place in 280 BC between the Romans under the command of consul Publius Valerius Laevinus and the combined forces of Greeks from Epirus, Taranto, Thurii, Metapontum, and Heraclea under the command of King Pyrrhus of Epirus.
In 282 BC, after a battle against the Samnites, Lucanians, Bruttians and Thurii, Roman troops entered in the Italian Greek colonies of Croton, Lokroi, and Rhegium.
The Valerius Laevinus moved towards Heraclea, a city founded by the Tarentines, with the intention of cutting Pyrrhus from the Greek colonies of Calabria, thus avoiding their uprising against Rome.
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 Phalanx and hoplites
Standing in a battle line and waiting for the clash with the enemy took considerable courage, as the playwright Euripides suggests in a diatribe against the demigod Heracles, who was...
The famous battle of Marathon (490 BCE) is one of the first recorded instances in which the phalanx was employed in a more creative way.
The first encounter between a Greek phalanx and a Roman legion was the battle of Heraclea in 280, in which Pyrrhus of Epirus overcame his Italian enemies, but suffered heavy losses because the Roman army was more flexible and could replace the soldiers in the first line; they could continue to fight much longer.
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 Battle of Heraclea (280 BC)
When Pyrrhus heard that the rich allied town of Heraclea lay in their path he resolved to march against them.
He placed his army across the river Siris from the Romans and observed the military system which was new to him.
The battle was strongly contested with Pyrrhus himself fighting in the thick of the press in the best Greek heroic tradition.
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 The Internet Classics Archive | The History of the Peloponnesian War by Thucydides
Thus the Athenian army was all now in flight; and such as escaped being killed in the battle, or by the Chalcidian horse and the targeteers, dispersed among the hills, and with difficulty made their way to Eion.
The winter following a battle took place between the Heracleots in Trachinia and the Aenianians, Dolopians, Malians, and certain of the Thessalians, all tribes bordering on and hostile to the town, which directly menaced their country.
After the battle, Heraclea was so terribly reduced that in the first days of the summer following the Boeotians occupied the place and sent away the Lacedaemonian Agesippidas for misgovernment, fearing that the town might be taken by the Athenians while the Lacedaemonians were distracted with the affairs of Peloponnese.
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 Pyrrhic War - History of the Roman Empire
Though the Romans technically lost the battle at Heraclea, Pyrrhus' losses were substantial.
As at Heraclea, the second day's fighting was again a stalemate situation until the elephants could be brought to the front.
Several years after the battle, the Romans renamed Malventum to Beneventum (Good Omen) in recognition of their victory, and before long the Appian Way would connect the town to Rome.
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 Outlines of Roman History, Chapter 12
Battle of Heraclea (B..—The first battle between the Italian and Greek soldiers occurred at Heraclea, not far from Tarentum.
Failing in his mission, Cineas returned to his master with the report that the Roman senate was “an assembly of kings.” To give force to the claims of Cineas, Pyrrhus had pushed his army into Campania, and even into Latium; but finding the cities loyal to Rome, he withdrew again to Tarentum.
The battle of Asculum was a repetition of Heraclea.
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 The Battle of Heraclea
The Battle of Heraclea took place in 280 BC between the Romans under the command of consul Publius Valerius Laevinus and the combined forces of Greeks from Taranto, Thurii, Metapont, Heraclea and Epirus under the command of king Pyrrhus of Epirus.
When he understood that reinforcements were not coming, he decided to fight the Romans on a plain near the river Siris, between Pandosia and Heraclea.
Pyrrhus' peltasts and archers began to fire and his phalanxes began to attack.
www.mlahanas.de /Greeks/History/Battles/Heraclea.html   (1257 words)

Even though the Tarentines were not fully trained, and his forces were outnumbered, Pyrrhus gathered his Hellenistic veterans and challenged the might of the Legions at Heraclea in May 280 BCE.
Pyrrhus marched to Heraclea and made his fortified camp*, there he witnessed for the first time the Drill and order of the Romans.
They were turned back by the Italian horse and soon this action turned into a stalemate in which Pyrrhus’ outnumbered horsemen just could barely hold their own.
www.ancientbattles.com /WAB_Successors/EpiroteScenario1.htm   (2726 words)

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In 280 BCE, Pyrrhus of Epirus landed in southern Italy with the intent of taking on the growing Roman power and conquering territory for his own uses.
At first he was successful against the Romans, defeating Publius Valerius Laevinus and his legions at the Battle of Heraclea.
After a winter spent preparing in Campania, Pyrrhus faced Publius Decius Mus and his army at the Battle of Asculum.
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