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Phthia (in Greek Φθια; lived 4th century BC) was a daughter of Menon of Pharsalus, the Thessalian hipparch, and wife of Aeacides, king of Epirus, by whom she became the mother of the celebrated Pyrrhus, as well as of two daughters: Deidamia, the wife of Demetrius Poliorcetes, and Troias, of whom nothing more is known.1 Her portrait is found on some of the coins of her son Pyrrhus.

Phthia of Epirus

A coin from Epirus. On left is the head of Pyrrhus' mother, Phthia. On the right is Athena, shield and spear in hands with a battle stance. The Greek inscription reads ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΠΥΡΡΟΥ ([coin] of King Pyrrhus).


Smith, William (editor); Dictionary of Greek and Roman Biography and Mythology, "Phthia (1)", Boston, (1867)


1 Plutarch, Parallel Lives, "Pyrrhus", 1


This article incorporates text from the public domain Dictionary of Greek and Roman Biography and Mythology by William Smith (1867).

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