The Foundation of Rome: Myth and History

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At once a historical essay and a self-conscious meditation on the writing of history, The Foundation of Rome takes as its starting point a series of accounts of Rome's origins offered over the course of centuries. Alexandre Grandazzi places these accounts in their contemporary contexts and shows how the growing sophistication in methodology gradually changed the accepted views of the city's origins. He looks, for example, at the hypercritical philology of the nineteenth century which cast aside everything that could not be verified. He then explains how the increase in archaeological discoveries and changing archaeological techniques influenced the story of Rome's birth.Grandazzi produces a depiction of Rome's origins that is both up-to-date and provocative. His use of scientific parallels in describing changes in the ways texts were analyzed and his broad familiarity with comparative material make his synthesis particularly illuminating, and he writes with clarity, verve, and wit.
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"This is an enjoyable contribution to the debates about early Rome."—Christopher Smith, University of St. Andrews, The Journal of Roman Studies. 1999.

"The Foundation of Rome is one of the few intelligent books on the subject, neither hypercritical nor visionary; its particular strength lies in the skillful interweaving of modern historiography and ideology with ancient history."—Jerzy Linderski, University of North Carolina

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780801482472
  • Publisher: Cornell University Press
  • Publication date: 9/28/2000
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.96 (h) x 0.64 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 1
Prelude 7
1 The Age of Philology 11
2 The Triumph of Archeology? 23
3 Georges Dumezil's Hermeneutics 35
4 The Historiological Dimension 49
5 Surveying Latium 65
6 The Site of Rome 74
7 The Discovery of Latium: From Treasure Hunt to Modern Archeology 92
8 The Temporal Order 109
9 Villages, Leagues, and Federations 125
10 Birth of the City 143
11 The Paths of Memory 177
Conclusion 213
App Chronologies 217
App Maps 218
Bibliography 221
Index 225
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