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Reconciling Fratricide: The Narration of Violence in the Roman Foundation Myth

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Title: Reconciling Fratricide: The Narration of Violence in the Roman Foundation Myth
Author: Glick, Frances R.
Advisor: Roberts, Deborah H.
Department: Haverford College. Dept. of Classics
Type: Thesis (B.A.)
Issue Date: 2011
Abstract: In the earliest versions of the Romulus and Remus myth (as reported by later authors) Romulus kills his brother, Remus, when he jumps over the newly built walls of Rome. In ensuing narrations of the Roman foundation myth, the suppression of certain elements of the myth is common; the violent death of Remus in particular is treated as an unwanted complication. How can one reconcile a murderous foundation myth with a cityʼs subsequent greatness and prosperity? In this thesis, I explore the narrative techniques writers use in recounting or alluding to this problematic foundation myth as well as the myths connection with the civil wars of the late Republic. By examining seven writers chronologically, I trace the evolution of the Romulus and Remus mythʼs treatment through a variety of literary genres and through several periods of Roman history.
Subject: Mythology, Roman
Subject: Violence in literature -- History
Subject: Rome -- History -- To 510 B.C.
Terms of Use: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/3.0/us/
Permanent URL: http://hdl.handle.net/10066/7476

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Glick, Frances R.. "Reconciling Fratricide: The Narration of Violence in the Roman Foundation Myth". 2011. Available electronically from http://hdl.handle.net/10066/7476.

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