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Lecture 4 Roman Myths and the Roman National Character; Rome's takeover of Italy Continued from Lect. 3: characteristics and functions of myth - They weren’t necessarily a lie, mostly they are used to entertain. -Myths have a historical basis -Myth can be reshaped, retold -Myths are validating , it does tell something about customs and origins, they are an explanation for things that exist -Legend is more associated with history -Folktale is more primitive, usually has to do with someone with more magical, mystical powers -Things can move from one to the other, legend, folktale, myth -It can develop to question ethical issues -It is versatile, a good medium of communication, it is purposeful and functional I. Roman virtues: cf. Livy (in Course Packet, pp. 24 [sorry, starts in the middle of the story] - 29): Horatius - single handedly fought people to save his fellow soldiers, Mucius- Ultimate courage and value wikipedia it, Cloelia , Manlius - We fight together,
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