Initially, I understand the Macedonians had a Greek culture (Art, Religion, etc) because they were Greek. But then the Romans dominated the Macedonian Empire and adopted their culture too, and that fusion would give birth to what is known as Greco Roman Culture. But why did the Romans adopt their culture at all?

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    "Adopt" isn't really the right world for it, but regardless, have you consulted the Wikipedia article on Roman culture? It goes into some broad strokes on how Greek culture was transmitted to Rome and influenced Roman elites. Please examine that first and clarify what you find missing or unclear about the article. – Semaphore Jun 6 at 21:05

This question was already addressed on this site. Romans adopted Greek culture because it was higher than the Roman one. And this is not unique such case in history. For example Mongols (and other peoples) who conquered China adopted Chinese culture. Barbarians who conquered the Roman empire also adopted Roman culture.

On the statement that Macedonians were Greek, there was some disagreement in antiquity. They wanted very much to present themselves as Greek, indeed. For the same reason which is stated in the first paragraph. But not all Greeks agreed with this. (One of the Macedon kings, Alexander I wad a nickname Philhellene which seems to indicate that Macedonians were not considered Hellenes).

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  • I tried a few searches but didn't find "this question already addressed"—could you link to it? – gktscrk Jun 11 at 7:08
  • @gktscrk: yes, the search in this site is very poor. I have great difficulties, even searching among my own answers:-( – Alex Jun 11 at 13:29

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