Battle of Asculum
The battle was the last battle won by Pyrrhus, who had come to Italy with 25,000 men and 20 war elephants . After the victory against the Romans in the Battle of Heraclea , Pyrrhus hoped for support from apostate Roman allies, which, however, largely failed to materialize. About 15,000 former allies of Pyrrhus joined, but the latter had hoped for more.
King Pyrrhus was able to win the battle of Asculum, but with even greater losses than at Heraclea . These high losses ultimately led to the fact that he won several battles, but not the war ( Pyrrhic victory ). The subsequent defeat at Maleventum (also called the Battle of Beneventum ) in 275 BC. Chr. Finally sealed his fate.
- Archaeological research in Ascoli Satriano (Asculum) - information from the University of Innsbruck