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This is an account of the foundation legend of Rome, how the twins Remus and Romulus were miraculously suckled by a she-wolf, and how Romulus founded Rome and Remus was killed at the moment of the foundation. What does the story mean? Why have a twin, if he has to be killed off? This is the first historical analysis of the origins and development of the myth, and it offers important insights into the nature of pre-imperial Rome and the ways in which myths could be created and elaborated in a nonliterate society.Read more
- Wiseman is author of the successful: Catullus and his World/CUP 1985/1987/HB 0521 1457; PB 0521 3183
- The book is very accessibly written and reads like a detective story: Why did Remus have to die?
- This is the first full-scale treatment of a neglected subject
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"...a pleasure to read and will lead, one hopes, to renewed interest in the myth of the foundation of Rome and its central characters." Religious Studies ReviewSee more reviews
"[This] wonderfully clear narrative demonstrates the best of contempoary scholarship..." Choice
"...[a] wild and wonderful book." Times Literary Supplement
"...Wiseman packs several centuries worth of primary sources and scholarship into a delightfully written argument. Wiseman's Remus is required reading for anyone with an interest in Roman mythology, history, or literature." Cynthia Bannon, Folklore Forum
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- Date Published: August 1995
- format: Paperback
- isbn: 9780521483667
- length: 260 pages
- dimensions: 216 x 140 x 15 mm
- weight: 0.34kg
- contains: 16 b/w illus. 4 maps
- availability: Available
Table of Contents
1. A too familiar story
2. Multiform and manifold
3. When and where
4. What the Greeks said
5. Italian evidence
6. The Lupercalia
7. The arguments
8. The life and death of Remus
9. The uses of a myth
10. The other Rome
Appendix: Versions of the foundation of Rome.
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