WI: Pyrrhus killed by Cassander

Discussion in 'Alternate History Discussion: Before 1900' started by SunKing105, Oct 8, 2019.

  1. SunKing105 Well-Known Member

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    In 317 BC, Cassander had finally defeated and killed Olympias at Pydna, and her brother Aeacides wad deposed for supporting Olympias against Cassander. Aeacides sent the young Pyrrhus of Epirus to Glaukias, king of the Taulantians, where he was raised and restored to the throne in 306 BC.

    What if Pyrrhus had been killed by Cassander before he could make it to Glaukias' court? How would this affect the Diadochi? What possible effect could this have on Rome? Would we see a different Hellenistic world?
     
  2. Chief Brody New Member

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    Pyrrhus had a large role to play in undermining Demetrius' power along with Lysimachus. The first notable butterfly I can think of would be Lysimachus having no real power to ally himself with against Demetrius, leading to a (perhaps) more stable Macedon under Demetrius' rule. That's a possibility, but with Demetrius' noted capriciousness, it is hardly a guarantee. If Demetrius is able to withstand Lysimachus, then there are all sorts of interesting possibilities. Does a stable Macedon manage to defeat the Gallic invasions of 279 and incorporate some of their manpower as OTL Pyrrhus did with his armies? Does Seleucus invade Europe like he tried to do in OTL before he was assassinated?
     
  3. SunKing105 Well-Known Member

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  4. Magnum Well-Known Member

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    It's entirely possible the anti-Macedonian Epirots rally behind someone else in the absence of Pyrrhus, for better or worse.

    Hell, butterflies may produce a different result at Ipsus.