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Early Rome: myth, history and archaeology; the nature of myths From Lecture 2 : VI E and F - Etruscan influences (cf. Kamm, pp. 6-9) I. Romulus, Remus, and Rome A. the Romulus story; Amulius, Numitor, Rhea Silvia (cf. Kamm, pp. 2-5); Remus ; lupa B. Rome before Romulus: Via Salaria , Tiber Island (cf. Kamm, pp. 6-7) C. archetypes and the heroic pattern; Oedipus, Moses, Cain and Abel D. the "founding" of the "city" of Rome in 753 B.C.; Latins, pomerium (cf. Plutarch, Romulus, p. 19) ; s[a]eptimontium = "seven hills" E. Romulus as the first stage: Sabines, Vestals, the Senate F. the second king: Numa II. Characteristics of foundation myths in Plutarch's Romulus A. personalizing and moralizing (e.g. Tarpeia, p. 25) B. aetiological (pp. 10 [kissing women], 13 [fig tree], 19 [pomerium, legions], 20 [patron/client], 23 [Talasio], 24 [trophy], 28 [tribes]) C. aggrandizing (comments on pp. 17, 24) Note: page numbers refer to original text pages , not Course Packet pages III. The Etruscan kings c. 575 B.C.; Servius Tullius, Tarquin the Proud and his son Sextus (see
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Unformatted text preview: Livy in Course Packet, pp. 21-25); Greek presence; Jupiter Temple on Capitoline; various fora ; Brutus, Lucretia , and the libera res publica (=republic) in 509 B.C. (cf. Kamm, pp. 9-11) IV. Greco-Roman Myths: main characteristics A. mythos- logos B. non-canonical; mutable; e.g., two versions of Romulus' death (Plutarch, Romulus , pp. 32-34) C. "real"; shared values 7th inning stretch: The Trojan Horse in Australia (http://www.youtube.com/watch? v=Xs3SfNANtig) V. The functions of myth A. myth as history: Aeneas; Troy ; Judgment of Paris (Juno/Hera, Minerva/Athena, Venus/Aphrodite); Hellenocentrism ; Theseus and the Minotaur ( Pasiphae , Minos, Daedalus and Icarus ) B. 3 main types of myths 1. narrative and entertaining 2. validating; aetiological 3. speculative, explanatory Application to Romulus VI. Myths, legends, folktales: any difference? Example of mobility: Alcestis , Admetus, and Herakles - Heaven can wait...
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