The Foundation of Rome: Myth and History by Alexandre GrandazziThe Foundation of Rome: Myth and History by Alexandre Grandazzi

The Foundation of Rome: Myth and History

byAlexandre GrandazziTranslated byJane Marie Todd

Paperback | October 9, 1997

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At once a historical essay and a self-conscious meditation on the writing of history, The Foundation of Rome takes as its starting point a series of accounts of Rome's origins offered over the course of centuries. Alexandre Grandazzi places these accounts in their contemporary contexts and shows how the growing sophistication in methodology gradually changed the accepted views of the city's origins. He looks, for example, at the hypercritical philology of the nineteenth century which cast aside everything that could not be verified. He then explains how the increase in archaeological discoveries and changing archaeological techniques influenced the story of Rome's birth.Grandazzi produces a depiction of Rome's origins that is both up-to-date and provocative. His use of scientific parallels in describing changes in the ways texts were analyzed and his broad familiarity with comparative material make his synthesis particularly illuminating, and he writes with clarity, verve, and wit.
Title:The Foundation of Rome: Myth and HistoryFormat:PaperbackDimensions:272 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.27 inPublished:October 9, 1997Publisher:Cornell University Press

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ISBN - 10:080148247X

ISBN - 13:9780801482472

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Over the course of centuries, many stories on the origin of Rome have arisen. Sorbonne professor of classics Alexandre Grandazzi places these accounts in their contemporary contexts to produce a depiction of Rome's origins that is both up-to-date and provocative. The methodological and historiographical dimensions of the book-- first published in France in 1991--have endeared it to many even outside the field of ancient history.

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"The Foundation of Rome is one of the few intelligent books on the subject, neither hypercritical nor visionary; its particular strength lies in the skillful interweaving of modern historiography and ideology with ancient history."—Jerzy Linderski, University of North Carolina