- Sep 2015
Never have I suggested this knowledge somehow made or was expected to make them less violent towards each other .The Romans had more civil wars than probably any other ancient civilization. Considering the frequency in which Romans slaughtered each other, I'm guessing the knowledge that we're all related wouldn't have stopped them from going to war with their neighbors either.
My question was rather asking about the ''scientific'' views of the time.
There can be no doubt the merchants, soldiers, sailors, etc speaking 5+ languages knew very well the european languages are much much more similar than the semitic ones; My question was ''Do we have any accounts of the time saying this exact thing''?
1) Although if you'd ask the two roman sides what they think of each other as opposed to the germanic tribes let's say, they'd very likely say: ''ohh yeah that (the other roman) is definitely my kin (and I really like that), unlike that dirty barbarian... but he has to die because [Insert political-economic reason]''