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Digging into the myths of Rome

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Giovanni Magna
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« on: December 02, 2007, 03:51:22 pm »

Layered history

A myth, she said, could often spark a search for a truth.

Probes revealed a ceiling with a white eagle at the centre

"In many cases, the myths that have come down to us have generated archaeological investigation," she said.

Myths woven around a site could encourage people to build above it, leading to layers of history and mythology in a single, culturally important place, she explained.

"In pre-history you will find reoccupation of a site over time because a site has a certain sanctity, for example. In the Roman period, a temple is built to venerate an ancestor but also because the site has gained the reputation for being sacred."

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