The Early History of Rome: Books I-V Short Essay - Answer Key

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1. What do the introductory sections of the book cover and what is the overall intent of Livy?

The introductory sections deal with the preambles for the books that follow, and they discuss the difficulty of finding the exact origins of history. Livy's main intent is to portray the earliest history of Rome based upon facts and evidence of the people he is certain existed.

2. What is interesting about the Roman religion and where was it adopted from?

It is made clear in the beginning of the book that the Romans did not invent or have a specific religion of their own. Instead, they took their religion from other people, primarily the Greeks.

3. What are the two different stories about the origin of Romulus and Remus?

Romulus is considered to be the founder of Rome, but his exact origin is unclear. One theory is that he and Remus were fraternal twins and grew up together, fighting the same battles side by side. Another theory is that they were not actually related and were called the "twins" because of the decades they spent fighting together. Either way, two things are known for sure about Romulus and Remus. The first is that they were recognized as the symbol for the sign, Gemini. And the second is that they eventually turned on each other, resulting in Romulus destroying Remus before moving on to discover Rome.

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