Science: Rome: Older Than Ever

According to the historians of antiquity, Rome was founded by the brothers Romulus and Remus as a hangout for the delinquent youth of early Iron Age Latium, and was given permanence by the rape of 527 Sabine women. The traditional founding date is April 21, 753 B.C.¬óbut the historians have long been fidgety about the exactness of that anniversary. Last week modern Rome's Department of Antiquities and Fine Arts showed proof that Rome had inhabitants several hundred years before the Romulus mob ever touched a Sabine woman.

Last year Swedish Archaeologist Einar Gjerstad and...

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