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.

Map of ItalyHiero 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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