Pyrrhic 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 Caesar introduced it into Rome. The Romaika, still danced in Greece, is a relic of the ancient Pyrrhic dance.

Ye have the Pyrrhic dance as often,
Where is the Pyrrhic phalanx gone?

Byron.

Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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