Roman Religion

Roman Religion - Roman Religion (cont.) Non-exclusive No...

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Roman Religion (cont.) Non-exclusive No sacred text Practice > Belief Samnite Wars Solidified sway between peninsula Wars with Pyrrhus Pyrrhus of Epirus o Originally from Greece o Settled colony in Italy Thurrii appeals to the Romans Used fighting elephants Defeats Romans but loses so many men that the war is named under him Great influence of Greeks on Romans Consequences: o Greater Roman political authority o Cultural contact with Greeks and Etruscans o Increasing wealth o Prestige of the senate rises Advice was taken as the idea There was political instability Counsel has military success o Prestige, political power Citizen soldiers o Promise of wealth (sharing it!) Romans define themselves much more as defenders than agressors First Punic War War with Carthage (265 – 241 BC) War over Sicily City state called Syracuse Romans and Carthaginians fight over Syracuse Earthquakes – god shaking burden of Mt. Etna
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