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Massimo Cacciari and Alessandro Carrera

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780823267163

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: September 2016

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823267163.001.0001

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The Myth of the Growing City

The Myth of the Growing City

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(p.101) 7 The Myth of the Growing City
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Europe and Empire
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Massimo Cacciari

, Alessandro Carrera, Massimo Verdicchio
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Fordham University Press
DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823267163.003.0008

A political order that ignores its own origin appears to be without a foundation, yet every origin is the result of a compromise between myth and history. One also needs to understand what “origin” means, whether it coincided with an absolute beginning or with the most important factor (of religious or social nature) that operates in the initial phase of the construction of a new political entity. The Roman case is particularly significant to the extent that the Romans gave a lot of thought to which god came first in the foundation of their city with respect to which god counted most. One god or, better, goddess that the Romans could not assimilate was Fortune, which stands in contrast with Jupiter and whose cult never gained traction in the city that was supposed to be constantly “growing” and could not be subjected to the whims of chance.

Keywords:   Augustine, Angelo Brelich, Dumézil, Roman gods, Roman religion

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