According to the ancient Greek historian Plutarch, King Pyrrhus of Epirus, from whom the term ‘Pyrrhic Victory’ is derived, died as a result of most unusual circumstances. What were these?

Answer: While fighting in the city of Argos, Pyrrhus was unexpectedly struck on the head by a roof tile thrown by an old woman. So unexpected was the attack that a temporarily stunned Pyrrhus let his guard down and was consequently beheaded by a Gaulish soldier.

Source: Leonidas and the Kings of Sparta by Alfred S. Bradford

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