A Roman Myth
By (author) T. P. Wiseman
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Remus by T. P. Wiseman
Book DescriptionRomulus 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.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521483667
(216mm x 138mm x 15mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 25-Aug-1995
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author T. P. Wiseman
Roman Audience, Hardback (September 2015)
In an ambitious overview of a thousand years of history, from the formation of the city-state of Rome to the establishment of a fully Christian culture, T. P. Wiseman examines the evidence for the oral delivery of Roman 'literature' to mass public audiences.
Remembering the Roman People, Paperback (June 2011)
A challenging reinterpretation of the political culture of the last century of the Roman Republic. Wiseman argues that the People had their own egalitarian ethos, usually in conflict with the self-styled 'best' (optimates), who, with their belief in justified murder, were responsible for the republic's breakdown in civil war.
Classics in Progress, Paperback (January 2006)» View all books by T. P. Wiseman
Presents a collection of essays by contemporary classicists, revealing different discoveries, interpretations and ways of exploring the experiences of the ancient world. The chapters range in subject matter from contemporary poets' exploitation of Greek and Latin authors to modern arguments about ancient democracy and slavery.
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