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Rome may be 200 years older than thought


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#1    UM-Bot

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Posted 15 April 2014 - 09:14 AM

New archaeological evidence has suggested that Rome was founded two centuries earlier.

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Legends say that Rome, one of the world's oldest cities, was founded by twins Romulus and Remus in 795 BC, but now archaeologists have discovered the remains of an ancient wall that seem to date back to a time before then.

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Posted 15 April 2014 - 01:33 PM

Maybe Rome was built on a ancient city and this is part of its remains.


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Posted 15 April 2014 - 02:18 PM

Or it was built over top of an earlier 'fortified villa', not a town...

But Paranomaly is probably right...


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Posted 15 April 2014 - 02:33 PM

Or could it back the Aeneid story to some extent since this would push the date of the founding of the city to the date of the city to the fall of Troy.


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Posted 15 April 2014 - 02:55 PM

While an interesting find apparently the writer of the original article can't subtract since 900 - 795 = 105 years and not "a full 200 years" as claimed.

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Posted 15 April 2014 - 03:24 PM

Well, cormac, what's a few years? I mean the Hundred Years' War lasted more than. lol


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Posted 15 April 2014 - 03:40 PM

View PostChild of Bast, on 15 April 2014 - 03:24 PM, said:

Well, cormac, what's a few years? I mean the Hundred Years' War lasted more than. lol

One would expect the writer of an article discussing an archaeological find to be more accurate than evidenced. Sadly this isn't always true.

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Posted 15 April 2014 - 04:26 PM

I agree. :)

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Posted 15 April 2014 - 06:04 PM

View Postcormac mac airt, on 15 April 2014 - 02:55 PM, said:

While an interesting find apparently the writer of the original article can't subtract since 900 - 795 = 105 years and not "a full 200 years" as claimed.

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Well the 795 BC was recorded by legend.  It seems 700 BC was expected.  At least that's the way I read it.


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Posted 16 April 2014 - 05:11 AM

Rome was not really built in a day I guess ~ ahhh well ... at least the eternal City is still around ~

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Posted 16 April 2014 - 05:48 AM

My understanding had been that active volcanism in the area had prevented earlier settlement.  Of course a lot depends on the timing of the volcanism.


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Posted 16 April 2014 - 01:23 PM

The Etruscans came to mind as I read this. Are they too late in this timeframe at that level of construction? I haven't properly looked into history for years now.


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Posted 16 April 2014 - 06:03 PM

Cities happen for reasons, and if there's city there now there was probably a city (or at least a large town) there before, too. It's not like cities were any novelty in 1000 BCE.





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