Battle of Cumae - 474 B.C.
The Battle of Cumae was a naval battle in 474 BC between the combined
navies of Syracuse and Cumae versus the Etruscans.
I of Syracuse allied with Aristodemus, the tyrant of Cumae, to defend
against Etruscan expansion into southern Italy.
In 474 they met and defeated the Etruscan fleet at Cumae in the Bay
of Naples. After their defeat, the Etruscans lost most of their political
influence in Italy. They lost control of the sea and their territories
were taken over by the Romans, Samnites, and Gauls. The Etruscans would
later join the failed Athenian expedition against Syracuse in 415 BC,
which contributed even further to their decline.
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