Roman Identity I: Heroes (handout)

Rome’s mythic history is littered with heroes who exemplify positive and negative ways of behaving. Livy in particular is fond of using mythic figures as exempla in his historical work, but we see it elsewhere too, for example in poetry and in public monuments. This lecture explores the qualities which are celebrated in Roman heroes, and examine the way that the state is prioritised over personal relationships and the family in many of them. Copyright 2013 Rhiannon Evans / La Trobe University, all rights reserved. Contact for permissions.

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