A Forgotten Roman Historian: L. Arruntius and the ‘True’ Causes of the First Punic War

  title={A Forgotten Roman Historian: L. Arruntius and the ‘True’ Causes of the First Punic War},
  author={B. Dexter Hoyos},
  pages={51 - 66}
Ancient historians offered various explanations for the war that broke out in 264 B.C. For Polybius a century later it was the Roman’s first step outside Italy in a drive to world hegemony; also a properly defensive counter to a looming Carthaginian threat to Italy. Much of later Roman historical tradition lauded it as due to pious fides towards a hapless ally, the ex-Italian Mamertines of Messana, under siege by Punic and Syracusan foes. That, it seems, was already the Roman line in 264 itself… 
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  • History
    The Classical Quarterly
  • 1985
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I should like to express my appreciation and thanks to the editors and the assessor of this paper for their very constructive criticisms