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War in Roman Myth and Legend (Hardback)

Ancient History Rome Colour Books Military

By Paul Chrystal
Imprint: Pen & Sword Military
Pages: 240
Illustrations: 60 colour & black and white illustrations
ISBN: 9781526766120
Published: 30th September 2020

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This book redresses the relative lack of work published on the role of war in classical myth and legend. At the same time it debunks the popular view that the Romans had little mythology of their own and idly borrowed and adapted Greek myth to suit their own ends. While this true to some extent, War in Roman Myth & Legend clearly demonstrates a rich and meaningful independent mythology at work in Roman culture.

The book opens by addressing how the Romans did adopt and adapt Greek myths to fashion the beginnings of Roman history; it goes on to discuss the Roman gods of war and the ubiquity of war in Roman society and politics and how this was reflected in the Aeneas Foundation Myth, the Romulus and Remus Foundation Myth and the legends associated with the founding of Rome. Warlike Women in Roman Epic and Trojan heroes are discussed next and the use of mythology by Roman poets other than Virgil. The Theban Legion and the vision of Constantine myths conclude the book.

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 Paul Chrystal

About Paul Chrystal

Paul Chrystal studied Latin and Greek at the University of Hull and then specialized in Latin love poetry for his MPhil at the University of Southampton. He is the author of numerous classical books , including Rome: Republic to EmpireRoman Military Disasters and Women at War in the Classical World. He has contributed as a feature writer to the Daily ExpressBBC History MagazineAd FamiliaresMinerva and All About History, and is frequently on BBC Radio York, BBC Radio Tees, BBC Radio Manchester and BBC World Service. He is a reviewer for and contributor to Classics for All. He lives in York where he is editor of York Historian.

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