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The History of the Kings of Rome (Classics)


The History of the Kings of Rome (Classics)

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    Thomas Henry Dyer
Excerpt from book: important admission from one who elsewhere so stoutly denies the possibility of such a visit iu the state in which navigation was in that very remote period.1 SECTION II. FOUNDATION OF ROME. The constancy with which tradition asserts the foreign origin of Rome forbids us to think that it could have been founded by native Latins: while the name itself ('Peu/ia = Yaleutia, strength) points directly, like Pyryi, or Neapolis, to Greek founders. The traditions respecting its origin are, however, so numerous and -so divergent as to deprive them, for the most part, of any historical value : and the fact that they are almost wholly found in Greek authors tends the same way. Any Latin traditions would naturally be more trustworthy: and such fortunately have been preserved by Dionysius. They were taken, it appears, from the sacred, or sacerdotal, books : and as such books could not, of course, have been iu existence before the time of Numa, we may infer, from their mentioning antecedent events, that the Poutifices were not, like the Pontifex Maximus, mere registrars of contemporary occurrences, but composed a sort of chronicle, resembling those of the monks in the Middle Ages, and that in fact, in the absence of a cultivated and reading public, professional authors, and an established book-selling trade, they were the recognised historiographers of the Roman city.1 1 "Insofern hat also die Sage durchans Recht, wenn sie die Einfiihrung der litteratura iu Rom dem Evander oder dem Hcrkules zuschreibt. Von deu Pelasger n in Arcadieu sei die Schrift n.ich Latium gckommen, nicht lange nach dem dicselbo den Arkiuleru selber bckannt geworden : der Arcadisehe Fliichtling Evander habe von dort das griec'hische Alphabet den Aborigine™ mitgebracht uud dessen Mutter Carmenta daraus das altcs...   show more
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