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p. 41. The mists of the pastlocked

  • David M. Gwynn


Roman legends paint a vivid picture of the founding of Rome and the creation of the Republic, but no written historical sources survive from the centuries before its foundation. ‘The mists of the past’ asks what other forms of evidence are available to the modern historian attempting to place the first Romans within their physical and cultural setting. Archaeology has revealed that the development of settlements in the area of Rome appears to have taken place under Etruscan rule, with the urban layout of Rome imitating that typical of Etruscan towns. Rome, however, never became an Etruscan city and the Republic that took shape was a uniquely Roman creation.

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