The Mythical Founding of Rome

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While so much of ancient Roman history is still accessible to us today. Its origins, and the founding of Rome, the city itself, is still clouded in myth and legend. The ancient Romans, calculating backwards from the republican era consuls, to semi-mythical kings arrived at a date of 753 BC as the date their city was founded by Romulus.

While they, and consequently us, had no contemporary written record dating back to the beginning of Rome, they did have their myths and legends about how the city was founded - from the fall of Troy to the expulsion of kings.

This version is an abridged and simplified version as told by the 1st century BC Roman historian Livy, which you can find here:

Livy: The Rise of Rome Books 1-5 (Translation by T.J. Luce)
http://amzn.to/2yjZgyB

Mary Beard also dives into the peculiarities of the myth in SPQR: A History of Ancient Rome
http://amzn.to/2xDgzXg

Music - "The Myth of Rome" by Jimiticus.

Where I could, I used references from actual mosaics, paintings and sculptures. Some more recognizable then others;

Ziltan Mosaic: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zliten_...
Captilone Wolf: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Capitol...
She Wolf Mosaic: http://bit.ly/2ktO1KU
Vestal Virgin (1893): http://bit.ly/2xB3T85
The Abduction of the Sabine Women by Nicolas Poussin:
https://www.metmuseum.org/toah/works-...
Tunisian Mosaic of Virgil seated between Clio and Melponeme:
http://bit.ly/2yIXubq
Statue of Cincinnatus in Cincinnati: http://bit.ly/2yjoGMO
Child herding two geese, 6th century mosaic, Great Palace Mosaic Museum, Istanbul, Turkey:
http://bit.ly/2ygYuQQ
Lupercal: http://bit.ly/2i9slGW
Choregos and Actors: http://bit.ly/2i6zXdh
The Triumph of Aemilius Paulus by Carle Vernet:
https://www.metmuseum.org/art/collect...



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