• A Data Visualization of Every Italian City & Town Founded in the BC Era

    13 days ago - By Open Culture

    Ancient people did not think about history the way most of us do. It made no difference to contemporary readers of the popular Roman historian, Livy , that “most of the flesh and blood of narrative is fictitious,” and “many of the stories are not really Roman but Greek stories reclothed in Roman dress,” historian Robert Ogilvie writes in an introduction to Livy's Early History of Rome. Ancient historians did not write to document facts, but to illustrate moral, philosophical, and political truths about what they saw as immutable human nature.
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