Vic Mackey wrote:
they spok latin, and no shit
i meant why not impose their own deity's on other cultures instead of swiping the greek mythology?
Two reasons, I'd think. First off, imposing your own deity is the fastest way to piss off the conquered. Hell, just look at the sheer AMOUNT of Christianity which is blatantly ripped from pagan religions: The best way to make the new people YOUR people is to absorb their mythology into your mythology.
As for specifically why the Greeks... to the "civilized" world at the time, ancient Greece was considered the high of civilization and learned thought. The Romans copied what worked: Notice the republic style of government.
And hell, the Roman Aenied was written to connect the founding of their city with ancient Greece.