“Rome was not a monarchy, but a free City, and they had made up their minds to open their gates even to an enemy sooner than to a king. It was the universal wish that whatever put an end to liberty in the City should put an end to the City itself.” – Livy, The History of Rome, Book 2
Publius Valerius Poplicola overcame Roman distrust and Etruscan aggression to set the young Republic onto firm foundations. Aristagoras’ failed attempt to capture the island of Naxos led to open warfare between Greece and Persia.
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