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 Pyrrha.Pyrrhic Victory (A). 
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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Pyr’rhic Dance,
 
the most famous war-dance of antiquity, received its name from Pyrrichos, a Dorian. It was danced to the flute, and its time was very quick. Julius Cæsar introduced it into Rome. The Romaika, still danced in Greece, is a relic of the ancient Pyrrhic dance.   1
       
“Ye have the Pyrrhic dance as often,
Where is the Pyrrhic phalanx gone?”
       
Byron.
 


 Pyrrha.Pyrrhic Victory (A). 

 
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