Romulus: The Legend of Rome's Founding Father

Author:   Hyden, Marc
Publisher:   Pen & Sword Books Ltd
ISBN:  

9781399002042


Pages:   288
Publication Date:   30 November 2023
Format:   Paperback
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According to legend, Romulus was born to a Vestal Virgin and left for dead as an infant near the Tiber River. His life nearly ended as quickly as it began, but fate had other plans. A humble shepherd rescued the child and helped raise him into manhood. As Romulus grew older, he fearlessly engaged in a series of perilous adventures that ultimately culminated in Rome's founding, and he became its fabled first king. Establishing a new city had its price, and Romulus was forced to defend the nascent community. As he tirelessly safeguarded Rome, Romulus proved that he was a competent leader and talented general. Yet, he also harboured a dark side, which reared its head in many ways and tainted his legacy, but despite all of his misdeeds, redemption and subsequent triumphs were usually within his grasp. Indeed, he is an example of how greatness is sometimes born of disgrace. Regardless of his foreboding flaws, Rome allegedly existed because of him and became massively successful. As the centuries passed, the Romans never forgot their celebrated founder. This is the story that many ancient Romans believed. AUTHOR: Marc Hyden is the Director of State Government Affairs at a Washington DC-based think tank, and he graduated from Georgia State University with a degree in philosophy. He has had a long-standing fascination with ancient Rome and has written extensively on various aspects of its history. He is also the author of Gaius Marius: The Rise and Fall of Rome's Saviour (Pen & Sword, 2017). 4 b/w illustrations

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Author:   Hyden, Marc
Publisher:   Pen & Sword Books Ltd
Imprint:   Pen & Sword History
ISBN:  

9781399002042


ISBN 10:   139900204
Pages:   288
Publication Date:   30 November 2023
Audience:   General/trade ,  General
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active
Availability:   In Print   Availability explained
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Hyden leans into a tone reminiscent of a bard regaling those around a campfire with stories of a hero's great exploits... [It provides] a fascinating origin story. -- Booklist As inherently fascinating a read as it is an impressive work of meticulous scholarship, historian Marc Hyden's Romulus: The Legend of Rome's Founding Father is a truly extraordinary, expressly informative, and highly recommended addition to personal, professional, community, college, and university library Roman History & Culture collections and supplemental curriculum studies reading lists. -- Midwest Book Review


By being critical of the available evidence, Hyden rather effectively sorts among the fact, fiction, or somewhat in between of Rome's founder to give us an interesting, entertaining, and often thought provoking look at Rome's origins, suggesting ways to interpret similar myths from other cultures. Valuable for those interested in Roman history or myths and legends. -- The NYMAS Review Hyden leans into a tone reminiscent of a bard regaling those around a campfire with stories of a hero's great exploits... [It provides] a fascinating origin story. -- Booklist As inherently fascinating a read as it is an impressive work of meticulous scholarship, historian Marc Hyden's Romulus: The Legend of Rome's Founding Father is a truly extraordinary, expressly informative, and highly recommended addition to personal, professional, community, college, and university library Roman History & Culture collections and supplemental curriculum studies reading lists. -- Midwest Book Review


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Marc Hyden is the Director of State Government Affairs at a Washington DC-based think tank, and he graduated from Georgia State University with a degree in philosophy. He has had a long-standing fascination with ancient Rome and has written extensively on various aspects of its history. He is also the author of Gaius Marius: The Rise and Fall of Rome's Saviour (Pen & Sword, 2017).

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