From Pyrrhus to the First Punic War

From Pyrrhus to the First Punic War - From Pyrrhus to the...

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From Pyrrhus to the First Punic War end of 3rd Samnite War Rome in control of s Italy exception- Greek city-states in southern tip Samnites would continually revolt attention drawn by Greek city-states Tarentum had long been the most powerful city in the south Italy- saw S Italy as its sphere of influence internal struggles- between aristocracy and democracy- divided politically- vulnerable Greek cities relied on neighbors for help- especially Syracuse 285 BC- Thurii attacked by Oscans Thurii appealed to Rome for help instead of Tarentum Rome defeated the Oscans and installed a garrison in Thurii to help protect city more Greek cities asked for help- Rome sent more garrisons to s Italy Tarentum saw it as a direct threat to its power- responded by attacking Roman ships by their harbor Tarentum attacked Thurri and drove the Romans out of the city- drove out the oligarchy and installed a democracy- the aristocrats had asked Rome for help Rome declared war on Tarentum- Rome was clearly more powerful- Tarentum
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