The Myths of Rome / Edition 2

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Winner of American Philological Association: C.J. Goodwin Award of Merit 2005. Shortlisted for British Academy Book Prize 2005. Widely reviewed and celebrated in hardback on publication in 2004, "The Myths of Rome" is now available in a paperback edition.This major re-evaluation of Roman history and its afterlife in western culture through the mediums of myth and art is fast becoming the standard popular account of the Roman story-world. It triumphantly redresses the popular perception of classical myth as a predominantly Greek invention; and builds a cohesive narrative from the mass of mythical and historical tales that cluster around the nexus of Rome. It is set to become a sourcebook for students of Roman myth and history in this country and around the world at undergraduate and graduate level.
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Editorial Reviews

Bryn Mawr Classical Review
"I recommend The Myths of Rome to students and teachers of Roman history, art and myth at undergraduate and graduate level, specialists in these fields, and anyone interested in a potent and provocative re-interpretation of the Roman historical tradition."
Times Literary Supplement
"A richly produced work for the general reader, by a specialist in rarely visited corners of the theme; but its seductive illustrations, tables and chronologies should not disguise the book's passionate polemic."
Mary Beard
“This is a book… that will send reviewers into rage or rapture; it will tread a path of idiosyncratic theoretical non-theory… and I think I will hate it; but it will be a memorable book all the same.” –Mary Beard, Fellow of Newnham College, Cambridge, and Classics Editor of the Times Literary Supplement
Barry Powell
“Classical myth, meaning really “Greek myth”, is an enormously popular course in American universities… Wiseman’s book will cater for a corresponding “Roman myth” course, not possible currently because of the lack of a text.” –Barry Powell, Halls-Bascom Professor of Classics, University of Wisconsin-Madison
John Bodel
“A major contribution to the current re-evaluation of Roman culture…” –John Bodel, Professor of Classics, Brown University, Rhode Island
Professor Tim Cornell
“By an imaginative effort of reconstruction [Wiseman presents] to the reader the history of Rome… “from the People’s point of view”. This has never been done before by anyone using the full panoply of modern scholarship and the full range of available material… of which Wiseman’s knowledge is unrivalled.” –Professor Tim Cornell, Professor of Ancient History, University of Manchester
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780859897044
  • Publisher: Liverpool University Press
  • Publication date: 10/8/2008
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 448
  • Sales rank: 1,315,702
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 9.60 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

T.P. Wiseman is Emeritus Professor of Classics at the University of Exeter, where he contributes to the MA in Roman Myth and History, and a Fellow of the British Academy. Previous books include Remus: A Roman Myth (CUP) and, with University of Exeter Press, Flavius Josephus: Death of an Emperor; Talking to Virgil: A Miscellany; Historiography and Imagination: Eight Essays on Roman Culture and Roman Drama and Roman History.

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Table of Contents

List of illustrations


User’s guide


Mythic Rome

Historical Rome

Latium and northern Campania

The central and eastern Mediterranean

1. The Triumph of Flora

2. Latins and Greeks

3. Kings (and after)

4. The God of Liberty and Licence

5. What Novius Knew

6. History and Myth

7. Facing Both Ways

8. Power and the People

9. Caesars

10. The Dream That Was Rome



Illustration credits


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