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Old December 14th, 2012, 03:50 AM   #1
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What if Syracuse had stayed loyal to Rome during the Second Punic War?


The Roman invasion of Sicily and the loss of the city's autonomy was due to Syracusan treachery after the Battle of Cannae (they thought Hannibal was going to win). What if the Syracusans had not defected? Might they have lasted longer as an autonomous vassal to Rome or would the Romans still have found casus belli against them eventually and have absorbed them as a province?
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"The shadow of Rome is vast, and you Thracian will die under it." - the sentence from a TV series that describes what happens to all enemies of Rome. Simply, Siracuse would eventually sooner or later become Rome. They might last longer, but they would certainly be subjugated on one or another way.
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Old December 14th, 2012, 06:36 AM   #3
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The Roman invasion of Sicily and the loss of the city's autonomy was due to Syracusan treachery after the Battle of Cannae (they thought Hannibal was going to win). What if the Syracusans had not defected? Might they have lasted longer as an autonomous vassal to Rome or would the Romans still have found casus belli against them eventually and have absorbed them as a province?
Good grief! When I saw this I thought it was "What if Syracuse had stayed loyal to the Big East?"
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At least Archimedes would live another 5 years.
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I would assume the same thing that happened to every state allied to the Romans that wasn't really on the edge of their sphere of influence, eventual annexation.The Romans would wait for some minor disturbance as an excuse to annex them or maybe not even that like what they did with Mauritania.
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