Battle of Asculum

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The Battle of Asculum in 279 B.C. was fought between the forces of Rome and Pyrrhus. It was a follow up to the Battle of Heraclea.

The Roman counsuls Caius Fabricius and Quintus Aemilius with a force of about 70,000 men marched down to meet Pyrrhus in southern Italy. The first day of the two day battle was indecisive. On the second day of fierce fighting, Pyrrhus again won through use of his elephants against the Roman cavalry. The Romans withdrew in good order. Both sides lost about 11,000 men. Pyrrhus, as with the battle of Heraclea, was not satisfied with his victory.

See also


Encyclopedia of Military History, Dupuy & Dupuy, 1979