By the Fifth century B.C., R.O.M.E
Succeeds to be the conqueror of Egypt and Greece

from Ras Kass – Nature of the Threat Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

Ras Kass’s history is a little off here. Egypt was conquered by Persia in 525 BCE. The Persians ruled for nearly 200 years. Alexander the Great then claimed Egypt from the Persians in 332 BCE. Egypt did not become a province of Rome until 30 BCE — definitely not during “the fifth century B.C.”

Similarly, Greece was not conquered by Rome until 146 BCE; again, not during the fifth century B.C.

It is possible that “by the fifth century B.C.” refers to the previous line about Alexander the Great conquering all the way to India and leaving four successor states, but this, too, would be inaccurate. Alexander the Great wasn’t even alive in the “fifth century B.C.”

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