There is a tendency by some to whitewash history in order to fit modern sensibilities, to speak of the Ancient Romans as a tolerant people who valued all cultures and in so doing equate that supposed tolerance to the multiculturalism of today. Well that’s one way to look at it, another would be to say the Romans didn’t tolerate anyone who wasn’t willing to bend to the Roman will and that’s something else entirely. The following story is just one example of the Roman will, their inclination toward tolerance and a slice of reality.
From the 100falcons.wordpress.com article:
The Roman Empire was a nice package of countries and peoples. But what happened if you didn’t want to become part of it?
The native Spaniards of a little town called Numancia decided that they were damned if they would be bullied by Rome. They were not damned, as it turned out, but they were annihilated. Rome itself admired them for generations.
Read the article here.