The Roman Historical Tradition: Regal and Republican Rome

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James H. Richardson, Federico Santangelo
Oxford University Press, 2014 - History - 372 pages
The study of Regal and Republican Rome presents a difficult and yet exciting challenge. The extant evidence, which for the most part is literary, is late, sparse, and difficult, and the value of it has long been a subject of intense and sometimes heated scholarly discussion. This volume provides students with an introduction to a range of important problems in the study of ancient Rome during the Regal and Republican periods in one accessible collection, bringing together a diverse range of influential papers. Of particular importance is the question of the value of the historiographical evidence (i.e. what the Romans themselves wrote about their past). By juxtaposing different and sometimes incompatible reactions to the evidence, the collection aims to challenge its readers and invite them to join the debate, and to assess the ancient evidence and modern interpretations of it for themselves.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
The Myth of Romulus and the Origins of Rome
17
Numa and Pythagoras The Life and Death of a Myth
35
Demaratus and the Corinthian Kings of Rome
53
The Enigma of Servius Tullius
83
The Legend of Lucius Brutus
129
Three Roman Aetiological Myths
147
The Fabii at the River Cremera and the Spartans at Thermopylae
167
The Roman History of Roman Colonization
201
The Lex Ouinia and the Emancipation of the Senate
207
Qualis pater talis filius? As the father so the son?
239
Cicero the Historian and Cicero the Antiquarian
259
The Tradition of the Spolia Opima M Claudius Marcellus and Augustus
285
Bibliography
321
Permission to reprint original or revised versions of the following papers is gratefully acknowledged
359
General Index
361

Studies in Dionysius of Halicarnassus III The Agrarian Bill of Spurius Cassius
187

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James H. Richardson is Senior Lecturer in Ancient History at the University of Wales, Trinity Saint David. He is the author of The Fabii and the Gauls: Studies in Historical Thought and Historiography in Republican Rome and various articles on Roman history.

Federico Santangelo is Lecturer in Ancient History at Newcastle University. He is a graduate of the University of Bologna and University College London. He has published on various aspects of Roman Republican history and is the author of Sulla, the Elites and the Empire: A Study of Roman Policies in Italy and the Greek East (2007) and Divination, Prediction and the End of the Roman Republic (2013).

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