Remus: A Roman Myth (Paperback)
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Short Description for Remus The first-ever historical analysis of the origins and development of the legend of Remus and Romulus and the foundation of Rome.
- Published: 19 November 1995
- Format: Paperback 260 pages
- ISBN 13: 9780521483667 ISBN 10: 0521483662
- Sales rank: 418,564
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Full description for Remus
Romulus 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.