Remus: A Roman Myth

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Overview

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.

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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 Review

"[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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521483667
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 11/28/1995
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 260
  • Product dimensions: 5.43 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.59 (d)

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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