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A Foundation Myth: Romulus & Remus

Romulus_u_RemusBack to Mythology and Foundation Myths. While the Trojan hero Aeneas was considered an ancestor of the Romans. Rome’s foundation myth was centered on the twin brothers, Romulus and Remus – his descendants.  They were the children of the Vestal Virgin Rhea Silva by the god Mars (some say the Hercules). Abandoned to die in the river Tiber by their evil uncle (Amulius), they were rescued and fed by a she-wolf, then raised to adulthood as shepherds. When they discovered their identity, they killed Amulius and restored their family to the throne of Alba Longa.

Story goes that the brothers decided to found their own city but could not agree on a location. The result was a fight which ended in the death of Remus. The city was built on the Palatine Hill and took the name of Romulus. Sister Marian Alberta taught us that Rome was founded on April 21st, 753 BC, so we’ll go with that date ‘cause Sr. MA wouldn’t lie. The image, called the Capitoline Wolf which is in the Capitoline Museum in Rome, represents the wolf nursing the twins Romulus and Remus.

Next week, How Romulus Grew the City.

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