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Rome, The Idea of
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I. Greco-Roman Antiquity

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The picture (imaginaire, myth, idea) that the Romans developed of themselves, their city, and their rule (Imperium Romanum) has an exemplary early period, with its founders – “pious father Aeneas” (Virgil, Aen.), Romulus, and Numa, founder of the city and founder of religion (Livy, Book I); its type – “the good old Roman” in a toga, beardless (Cicero, Cato maior), and its distinctions from its rivals in Greece (Athens). Might and …

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Cancik, Hubert, Wallraff, Martin and Schimmelpfennig, Bernhard, “Rome, The Idea of”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 31 May 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1877-5888_rpp_COM_024651>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013



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