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Murder Most Mythic

W.V. Harris, 23 May 1996

Remus: A Roman Myth 
by T.P. Wiseman.
Cambridge, 243 pp., £35, September 1995, 0 521 41981 6
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The Beginnings of Rome: Italy and Rome from the Bronze Age to the Punic Wars (c.1000-246 BC) 
by T.J. Cornell.
Routledge, 507 pp., £50, September 1995, 0 415 01595 2
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... and customs which hint at or reveal (but which?) the way things were in the archaic age. T.J. Cornell’s synthesis of early Roman history has some great virtues: it is learned, up-to-date (which is much to be commended, given the relative swiftness of recent archaeological developments in Rome and Lazio) and readable. It is also shot through with a ...

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