More than just a marvelously-told history of the life of the founder of Rome, this work by storyteller extraordinaire Jacob Abbott shows how early historical accounts weaved fact and fiction into a founding story so appealing that it has persisted through the millennia. Abbott pulls together the historical and mythological strands from all the existing accounts to set the stage for the founding of the great city of Rome by Romulus. The story starts with the earliest legends and the Aeneid, which tells of the destruction of ...
More than just a marvelously-told history of the life of the founder of Rome, this work by storyteller extraordinaire Jacob Abbott shows how early historical accounts weaved fact and fiction into a founding story so appealing that it has persisted through the millennia. Abbott pulls together the historical and mythological strands from all the existing accounts to set the stage for the founding of the great city of Rome by Romulus. The story starts with the earliest legends and the Aeneid, which tells of the destruction of Troy and the founding of the first settlements in the Italian Peninsula by fleeing survivors. The story of Romulus and his twin brother Remus, children of Rhea Silvia, then takes center stage-with the author always careful to point out to the reader what is verifiable fact and what is myth. The founding of Rome, its first government, the carrying off of the Sabine women, and the organization of the city-state are among the vast number of topics covered in this sweeping overview, which remains highly readable because of its personal focus on the life of Romulus. In this way, the reader acquires a complete picture of Romulus while simultaneously being given a highly satisfying sweep of history, the importance of myth and historical accuracy, and the origins of the greatest of all of the classical civilizations. From the introduction: "If Rome had not risen to the proud position of mistress of the world, the story of the half-civilized chieftain who founded the city would never have been written, and the memory of his exploits would have perished with him. At best the accounts of Romulus and his great ancestor AEneas are somewhat legendary in character; but they have been incorporated into the literature of every civilized nation on the globe." Contains forty-seven illustrations and maps.
Very Good. 310, 10 advertising pages, illustrations, illustrated half title in color, decorated red cloth, spine sun-faded otherwise very good. From the Encyclopedia Britannica, 11th edition: "Jacob Abbott's "Rollo Books"-Rollo at Work, Rollo at Play, Rollo in Europe, &c. (28 vols. )-are the best known of his writings, having as their chief characters a representative boy and his associates. In them Abbott did for one or two generations of young American readers a service not unlike that performed earlier, in England and America, by the authors of Evenings at Home, Sandford and Merton, and the Parent's Assistant. Of his other writings (he produced more than two hundred volumes in all), the best are the Franconia Stories (10 vols. ), twenty-two volumes of biographical histories in a series of thirty-two volumes (with his brother John S. C. Abbott), and the Young Christian, -all of which had enormous circulations. "; 310 pages.
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