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First Punic War – Carthage and Rome

By |2018-04-25T10:04:35+00:00September 3rd, 2017|History, Romans|

Sicily seen from space (the tip of Italy is on the right) (Most of what we know about this war comes from either Polybius or Livy): By 274 BC, the Romans had taken over all of Italy. Then a Greek city that was NOT in Italy asked the Romans to help it out in a war. This city was in Sicily, [...]

The Spartan boy and the fox: a story

By |2018-04-22T22:44:04+00:00July 6th, 2017|Government, Greeks|

The Spartan boy and the fox: a fox cub The Roman writer Plutarch, who wrote about 75 BC, told this story about the Spartans: "So seriously did Spartan children go about their stealing, that a boy, having stolen a young fox and hid it under his cloak, let it tear out his guts [...]