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L. Cecilio Metello e l’incendio del 241 a.C.: memoria gentilizia o memoria civica?

digital L. Cecilio Metello e l’incendio del 241 a.C.: memoria gentilizia o memoria civica?
Articolo
rivista AEVUM
fascicolo AEVUM - 2019 - 1
titolo L. Cecilio Metello e l’incendio del 241 a.C.: memoria gentilizia o memoria civica?
autore
editore Vita e Pensiero
formato Articolo | Pdf
online da 07-2019
doi 10.26350/000193_000042
issn 0001-9593 (stampa) | 1827-787X (digitale)
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The paper investigates the creation of the historical tradition on the legendary rescue of Vesta’s temple cult objects by the pontifex maximus L. Caecilius Metellus during the fire of 241 B.C. While modern studies focused on the reasons behind L. Metellus’s blindness, this paper emphasizes the importance of the different views between the family tradition of the Caecilii Metelli, recorded in the laudatio funebris of 221, and the Roman annalistic and antiquarian tradition: the first does not mention the episode; the second, on the contrary, emphasizes it and preserves historically reliable information based on a civic memory.

keywords

Caecilii Metelli, laudatio funebris, first Punic war, Ops Opifera, historical memory.