Legendary Rome

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2007-06-05
  • Publisher: Bristol Classical Pr

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This is the first book to offer a comparative treatment of the reinvention of Rome's origins in the poetry of Vergil, Tibullus and Propertius. It also examines the impact that the changing topography of Rome, as orchestrated by the emperor Augustus, had on those poets' renditions of Rome's legendary past. When the poets explore the significance of Augustus' reconstruction of the Palatine and Capitoline hills, they create new meaning and memories for the story of Rome's legendary foundations. As the tradition of Rome's mythic and legendary origins evolves through each poetic revision, the past transforms and is reinvented anew. Written when Rome was in the process of defining a new identity, the poems studied here capture the growing tension between community and individual development, the restoration of peace vs expansion through military means, and stability and change within the city.

Author Biography

Jennifer A. Rea is an Assistant Professor of Classics at the University of Florida in Gainesville. In addition to having articles forthcoming in 'Ancient Narrative' (2006) and 'Scholia' (2006/7), she is the author of nine entries in 'Medieval Italy' (Routledge, 2003) and numerous book reviews.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgementsp. vii
The Hut of Romulusp. ix
Map of the Palatinep. x
Map of the Capitolinep. xi
Experiencing the Visual: Roman Landscapesp. 1
Introduction: Rome Recalledp. 3
The Palatine: The Casa Romuli and the Domus Augustip. 21
The Capitoline: Jupiter Tonans Restores the Pastp. 44
Poetic Impressions of the Archaic Cityp. 65
Thinking in Images: Preserving the Past for the Presentp. 67
Urbs Aeterna: Reinventing Rome in Tibullus 2.5 and Aeneid 8p. 85
Maxima Roma: Refounding Rome in Propertius 4.1, 4.4, and 4.9p. 103
Conclusion: Rome Restoredp. 125
Notesp. 139
Bibliographyp. 163
Index Locorump. 175
General Indexp. 176
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