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Remus: A Roman Myth

Remus: A Roman Myth

by Timothy Peter Wiseman


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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780521483667
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 08/25/1995
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 260
Sales rank: 601,462
Product dimensions: 5.51(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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