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Hello Aneth

If I am not mistaken, Alexander, after conquering the Persian Empire, had conceived plans to conquer the western Mediterranean zone (including Italy), but he died in Babylon before he could face this enterprise.

From my humble knowledge of Roman history, the republican Rome was not a great power in those days (we are talking about late 4th century BC). It was still fighting in Italy against many peoples, including the powerful Etruscans. I think that if Alexander could have prepared a strong army to invade italy, he would have been reasonably succesful against the Romans, but this is of course a speculation.

We have to bear in mind that the situation changed a lot in a couple of centuries, as Rome defeated the powerful carthaginians (Hannibal) and conquered Hispania and North Africa. It was an epoch of great expansion for Rome, both in the economic field and the political field. Then, in the second century BC, the greeks were divided into several kingdoms and their armies and tactics were clearly obsolete, so they had little chance to beat the roman legions.

Of course, Titus Livius (my friend Livy...) was not a rightful or "objective" historian. In a certain way, a great part of the Roman history written by Roman historians was just propaganda (well, perhaps all national histories are propaganda, but this is another issue...) So Livy always presented the bright side of the events for the Romans, and it is not surprise that he thought that Rome could have won a war against Alexander.

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Alexander and Rome 936 Aneth 03-Sep-14 17:40
Re: Alexander and Rome 368 Nolondil 03-Sep-14 18:10
Re: Alexander and Rome 302 Aneth 03-Sep-14 18:44
Re: Alexander and Rome 259 Eddie Larry 04-Sep-14 02:26
Re: Alexander and Rome 335 s-d.adrain 04-Sep-14 08:36
Re: Alexander and Rome 291 Eddie Larry 05-Sep-14 03:15
Re: Alexander and Rome 283 Aneth 04-Sep-14 17:57
Re: Alexander and Rome 338 Eddie Larry 05-Sep-14 00:15
Re: Alexander and Rome 277 Aneth 05-Sep-14 16:03
Re: Alexander and Rome 291 s-d.adrain 08-Sep-14 06:38
Alexander was actually 32 when he died. 249 ananda 13-Sep-14 13:22
Re: Alexander was actually 32 when he died. 353 Spiros 16-Sep-14 01:45
Richard III was 32 when he died 313 Eddie Larry 17-Sep-14 02:58
Re: Richard III was 32 when he died 572 Brian Patterson 18-Sep-14 04:26
Re: Alexander and Rome 372 Skatha 08-Sep-14 17:37
Re: Alexander and Rome 329 Titus Livius 09-Sep-14 16:25

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