Winner of American Philological Association: C.J. Goodwin Award of Merit 2005. Shortlisted for British Academy Book Prize 2005. Widely reviewed and celebrated in hardback on publication in 2004, "The Myths of Rome" is now available in a paperback edition.This major re-evaluation of Roman history and its afterlife in western culture through the mediums of myth and art is fast becoming the standard popular account of the Roman story-world. It triumphantly redresses the popular perception of classical myth as a predominantly Greek invention; and builds a cohesive narrative from the mass of mythical and historical tales that cluster around the nexus of Rome. It is set to become a sourcebook for students of Roman myth and history in this country and around the world at undergraduate and graduate level.
T.P. Wiseman is Emeritus Professor of Classics at the University of Exeter, where he contributes to the MA in Roman Myth and History, and a Fellow of the British Academy. Previous books include Remus: A Roman Myth (CUP) and, with University of Exeter Press, Flavius Josephus: Death of an Emperor; Talking to Virgil: A Miscellany; Historiography and Imagination: Eight Essays on Roman Culture and Roman Drama and Roman History.
List of illustrations Acknowledgments User's guide Time-chart Maps Mythic Rome Historical Rome Latium and northern Campania The central and eastern Mediterranean 1 The triumph of Flora 1.1 Tiepolo in California 1.2 Ovid, Bellini and Titian 1.3 Ovid and Botticelli 1.4 Roman myths 2 Latins and Greeks 2.1 euoin and Euboians 2.2 Trojan stories 2.3 Argonauts 2.4 Argives 2.5 Hercules and Evander 2.6 Saturnus and Liber 3 Kings (and after) 3.1 The exile's treasure 3.2 The Etruscan angle 3.3 The slave king 3.4 Gods and men 3.5 The vultures, the snake and the dog 3.6 The barons' stories 4 The god of liberty and licence 4.1 A story in the calendar 4.2 Freedom and the Republic 4.3 Athens in Rome 4.4 The wilderness valley 4.5 Fun and games 5 What Novius knew 5.1 The workplace 5.2 The Ficoroni cista 5.3 Gods, goddesses and gorgeous girls 5.4 Naming names 5.5 The twins 6 History and myth 6.1 The crucible 6.2 Camillus 6.3 Dynasty and liberty 6.4 The foundation legend 7 Facing both ways 7.1 What the gods demand 7.2 Honesty and turnips 7.3 Janus and his friends 7.4 Surviving the worst 7.5 Apollo's authority 7.6 Welcoming the Mother 8 Power and the people 8.1 New ways 8.2 The catastrophe 8.3 Sallust, Cicero and civil war 8.4 The People's historian 8.5 Caesar and son 8.6 Apollo's agent 8.7 The father of his country 9 Caesars 9.1 Liber's revenge 9.2 So many deaths 9.3 The world's a stage 9.4 The blood of Augustus 9.5 At last, a play-text 9.6 Grand opera 9.7 Soldiers on the rampage 10 The dream that was Rome 10.1 Long perspectives 10.2 Romulus and Remulus 10.3 Republics 10.4 Empires 10.5 Back to Flora References Bibliography Illustration credits Index