Not all of the Romans agreed that their win against Greece could actually be considered a victory; they felt as if Rome was taking too much of Greek culture and ideas. In 212 BCE, Syracuse, a Greek colony, was sacked by Rome. They continued to take Greek things, and adopted and slightly altered their gods, alphabet, architecture, and more. The adoption of Greek customs was clear cultural diffusion. However, although the Romans stole several things from the Greeks, the Romans saw themselves as more simple and serious, while the Greeks were perceived as more relaxed and self indulgent. Despite their differences in personality, drinking wine was seen as the connecting force between Greek and Roman traits. The cultivation of wine was simple and honest work that the Romans valued, and the drinking of wine, usually at small gatherings, represented the Greek’s self indulgent lifestyle.