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This chapter examines three closely related narrative clusters: the tales of Romulus and Titus Tatius, Numitor and Amulius, and finally Brutus and Collatinus. These stories are attested primarily in narratives of Dionysius and Livy, and are constructed in Romulean mold. The chapter compares the accounts of Dionysius and Livy to other surviving versions; these two authors present the vast majority of information about figures and provide only narratives from the second or first centuries that are full, rather than fragmentary. Both Dionysius and Livy depict Brutus, hero of the early Republic, far more bleakly than modern scholarship has usually assumed; Livy, though, is more evasive in his message, while Dionysius astonishingly depicts the founder of the Republic as a tyrant. The tension and rivalry inherent in the Romulus and Remus story was not isolated; rather, it was part of a discursive pattern about the nature of political power in Rome.

Keywords: Amulius; Brutus; Collatinus; Dionysius; Livy; Numitor; Romulus; Titus Tatius



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