Back in research mode, working on Legends of the Roman Empire. Maybe just Legends of Rome, who can say.
Anyway, doing a little work on pre-Roman Italy right now and came across a bit about the influence of the Greek colonies in southern Italy on the emerging Iron Age civilizations of the Romans, Italians, Latins and Etruscans that occupied Italy.
Turns out the Greek culture, one of the greatest ever, had a great impact on all the cultures around it, but this was nothing new to the Greeks. It happened wherever they went, so much so that they had a word for it: Hellenization.
Seems like they were used to people seeing how they did things and then emulating them. And why not. Greek culture is still engrossing to us to this day.
Back to work...