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Ἰταλός), an ancient king of the Pelasgians, Siculians, or Oenotrians, from whom Italy was believed to have derived its name. (Thuc. 6.2; Dionys. A. R. 1.35.) Hyginus (Hyg. Fab. 127) calls him a son of Telegonus by Penelope. By Electra, the daughter of Latinus, he is said to have become the father of Remus, the founder of Rome, and by Lucania, the father of the heroine Rome, to whom is likewise ascribed the foundation of Rome. (Dionys. A. R. 1.72; Plut. Romul. 2; comp. Serv. ad Aen. 1.6, 8.328; Aristot. Pol. 7.10.)


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    • Aristotle, Politics, 7.1329b
    • Thucydides, Histories, 6.2
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