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Romulus founded Rome - but why does the myth give him a twin brother Remus, who is killed at the moment of the foundation? This mysterious legend has been oddly neglected. Roman historians ignore it as irrelevant to real history; students of myth concentrate on the more glamorous mythology of Greece. In this book, Professor Wiseman provides, for the first time, a detailed analysis of all the variants of the story, and a historical explanation for its origin and development. His conclusions offer important new insights, both into the history and ideology of pre-imperial Rome and into the methods and motives of myth-creation in a non-literate society. In the richly unfamiliar Rome of Pan, Hermes and Circe the witch-goddess, where a general grows miraculous horns and prophets demand human sacrifice, Remus stands for the unequal struggle of the many against the powerful few.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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- Date Published: September 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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