Lead: The true story about the founding of the city of Rome is lost in the mists of time. The absence of evidence did not prevent myth-makers and poets from trying their hands at filling in the blanks.

Intro.: A Moment in Time with Dan Roberts.

Content: The major problem in determining the events that led to the establishment of one of the great cities of the world, the capitol of one of history’s most storied empires, is the almost total lack of contemporary written evidence or even historical accounts much before the late third century. There is a list of municipal magistrates that dates from about 500 BCE, but that is pretty spare pickings. In the absence of evidence, however, poets and those who traffic in legend have leapt into the breach, usually with a political or cultural agenda, and supplied fanciful, exotic stories to supply a needy Republic and then Empire with a history about which it could be proud.

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