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Caesar's CalendarAncient Time and the Beginnings of History$
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Denis Feeney

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780520251199

Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520251199.001.0001

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Transitions from Myth into History I

Transitions from Myth into History I

The Foundations of the City

(p.68) Three · Transitions from Myth into History I
Caesar's Calendar

Denis Feeney

University of California Press

The synchronism charts play a vital part in constructing a sensation of historical depth. This chapter considers the transition from myth to history in the Greek and Roman historiographical tradition, and the main test case is the foundation of the city of Rome. This is an event, or perhaps one should say a concept, that acts as a magnet for ancient and modern investigators alike. The foundation of the city generated for the ancients an important cluster of questions about what counts as history, questions that still exercise historians of the early period of Rome. The chapter concentrates more on the poetic tradition, and especially on the very moment of demarcation between the Gold Ages and Iron Ages, to see how the passage from myth to history warps the net of time that covers the transition.

Keywords:   synchronism, myth, history, city, Rome, foundation, Gold Age, Iron Age

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