Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Rome’s statue of wolf with Remus and Romulus 1700 years ‘younger’

The famous statue of the Roman she-wolf suckling human twins that represent Romulus and Remus, the two brothers who, according to legend, founded Rome in 753 BC, appears to be 1700 years 'younger' than what has long been thought.

Not fifth century BC, but twelfth century AD
Researchers from the University of Salento have researched the world famous bronze statue by using radiocarbon dating (also known as C14 dating). The results of this technique was that the statue wasn't dated back to the fifth century BC, but to the Medieval times of the twelfth century AD. Until now it was assumed by scholars that the statue was originally from the fifth century BC. and was brought to Rome  by victorious Roman armies from a campaign against the Etruscans.

Via http://cloacamaxima2.wordpress.com/2012/06/24/romes-statue-of-wolf-with-remus-and-romulus-1700-years-younger/