Having discussed our literary sources for early Roman history at length, we turn now to the final leg of our historiographical triad - archaeological research. This lecture briefly discusses the sort of archaeological research that contributes to our understanding of early Rome, as well as that body of evidence's strengths and weaknesses.
In this introductory module, we explore what we know - and what we don't know - about the Romans' earliest historical traditions. A proper understanding of the nature of our sources is critical for the serious student of Roman history, and this is precisely what we aim for in this module.
In this module, we take a look at Italy prior to the founding of Rome. We also look at several Roman origin myths and bring the story down to Romulus and Remus.