Pyrrhus of Epirus was was a Greek general and statesman of thehellenistic era. He was king of the Greek tribe of Molossians, of the royal Aeacid house, and later he became king of Epirus and Macedon. He was one of the strongest opponents of early Rome. Some of his battles, though successful, cost him heavy losses, from which the term "Pyrrhic victory" was coined.
Throughout the Great War, Pyrrhus's famous qoute at the Battle of Asculum was often qouted in response to the small gains at horrendous loss of lives. In response to congratulations for winning a costly victory over the Romans, he is reported to have said: "One more such victory and we are ruined!"