9780859898232

Unwritten Rome

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  • ISBN13:

    9780859898232

  • ISBN10:

    0859898237

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2008-11-08
  • Publisher: Liverpool University Press
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Summary

How do you understand a society that didn't write down its own history? That is the problem with early Rome, from the Bronze Age down to the conquest of Italy around 300 BC. The texts we have to use were all written centuries later, and their view of early Rome is impossibly anachronistic. But some authentic evidence may survive, if we can only tease it out-like the old story of a Roman king acting as a magician, or the traditional custom that may originate in the practice of ritual prostitution. This book consists of eighteen exercises in finding such material and making sense of it. Book jacket.

Table of Contents

List of illustrationsp. viii
Acknowledgementsp. x
Unwritten Romep. 1
What Can Livy Tell Us?p. 24
Fauns, Prophets and Ennius' Annalesp. 39
The God of the Lupercalp. 52
Liber: Myth, Drama and Ideology in Republican Romep. 84
The Kalends of Aprilp. 140
Summoning Jupiter: Magic in the Roman Republicp. 155
Origines ludorump. 167
The Games of Florap. 175
The Games of Herculesp. 187
Praetextae, Togatae and Other Unhelpful Categoriesp. 194
Octavia and the Phantom Genrep. 200
Ovid and the Stagep. 210
The Prehistory of Roman Historiographyp. 231
History, Poetry and Annalesp. 243
The House of Tarquinp. 271
The Legend of Lucius Brutusp. 293
Roman Republic, Year Onep. 306
Bibliographyp. 321
Illustration creditsp. 344
Index of passagesp. 346
General indexp. 350
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