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Definition of Samnite

  • an Oscan-speaking member of an ancient people of Campania who clashed repeatedly with the early Romans

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On the overthrow of the Volscians, the Roman armies reached the Samnite territory.
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The Samnites had, at the fall of Veii, an ascendency over Lower Italy, with the exception of the Grecian colonies.
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Tarentum, Croton, Metapontum, Heraclea, Neapolis, and other Grecian cities, maintained a precarious independence, but were weakened by the successes of the Samnites.
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But in the year B.C. 343, the Samnites came in collision with Rome, from an application of Capua to Rome for assistance against them.
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In the mean time the Latins had recovered strength, and determined to shake off the Roman yoke, and the Romans made peace with the Samnites and formed a close alliance, B.C. 341.
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The Romans and Samnites were ranged against the Latins and Campanians.
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The subjugation of Latium and the progress of Rome in Campania filled the Samnites with jealousy, and it is surprising that they should have formed an alliance with Rome, when Rome was conquering Campania.
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The Greek cities of Palæapolis and Neapolis, the only communities in Campania not yet reduced by the Romans, gave occasion to the outbreak of the inevitable war between the Samnites and Romans.
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The Tarentines and Samnites, informed of the intention of the Romans to seize these cities, anticipated the seizure, upon which the Romans declared war, and commenced the siege of Palæapolis, which soon submitted, on the offer of favorable terms.
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An alliance of the Romans with the Lucanians, left the Samnites unsupported, except by tribes on the eastern mountain district.
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The Romans invaded the Samnite territories, pillaging and destroying as far as Apulia, on which the Samnites sent back the Roman prisoners and sought for peace.
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But peace was refused by the inexorable enemy, and the Samnites prepared for desperate resistance.
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Instead of accepting the capitulation and making prisoners of the whole army, the Samnite general, Gaius Pontius, granted an equitable peace.
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But the Roman Senate, regardless of the oaths of their generals, and regardless of the six hundred equites who were left as hostages, canceled the agreement, and the war was renewed with increased exasperation on the part of the Samnites, who, however, were sufficiently magnanimous not to sacrifice the hostages they held.
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The city surrendered, and Papirius liberated his comrades, and retaliated on the Samnite garrison.
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The people of Northern and Central Italy, perceiving that the Romans aimed at the complete subjugation of the whole peninsula, now turned to the assistance of the Samnites.
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The Samnites found allies in the Umbrians of Northern, and the Marsi and Pieligni of Central Italy, But these people were easily subdued, and a peace was made with Samnium, after twenty-two years’ war, when Bovianum, its strongest city, was taken by storm, B.C. 298.
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The defeated nations would not, however, submit to Rome without one more final struggle, and the third Samnite war was renewed the following year, for which the Samnites called to their aid the Gauls.
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The Samnites still made desperate resistance, but were finally subdued in a decisive battle, where twenty thousand were slain, and their great general, Pontius, was taken prisoner, with four thousand Samnites.
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This misfortune closed the war, but the Samnites were not subjected to humiliating terms.
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Examples of Samnite

Example #1
After the fall of Veii, all the Latin cities became subject to the Romans.
Example #2
That was shaken by the expulsion of Tarquin, but was re-established in the wars which subsequently followed.
Example #3
Tarentum, Croton, Metapontum, Heraclea, Neapolis, and other Grecian cities, maintained a precarious independence, but were weakened by the successes of the Samnites.
Example #4
Samnium was a hilly country on the east of the Volscians, and its people were brave and hardy.
Example #5
Capua, the capital of Campania, where the Etruscan influence predominated, was taken by them, and Cumæ was wrested from the Greeks.
Example #6
The Samnites had, at the fall of Veii, an ascendency over Lower Italy, with the exception of the Grecian colonies.