Romulus and Remus by Geraldine McCaughreanLively, entertaining and accessible, these retellings of stories from Roman mythology feature famous gods and goddesses, and familiar Italian locations. Vividly brought to life by Tony Rosss much-loved illustrations, all of these stories are taken from the successful Orchard Book of Roman Myths. Romulus and Remus/Stolen Wives: Famous story of the quarrelsome twin brothers, Romulus and Remus, who are raised by a she-wolf, and grow up to create the city of Rome. And read how Rome became peopled with women in Stolen Wives.
Romulus and Remus
Romulus and Remus , the legendary founders of Rome. Numitor had been deposed by his younger brother Amulius, who forced Rhea to become one of the Vestal Virgins and thereby vow chastity in order to prevent her from giving birth to potential claimants to the throne. Nevertheless, Rhea bore the twins Romulus and Remus, fathered by the war god Mars. Amulius ordered the infants drowned in the Tiber River , but the trough in which they were placed floated down the river and came to rest at the site of the future Rome, near the Ficus ruminalis , a sacred fig tree of historical times. There a she-wolf and a woodpecker—both sacred to Mars—suckled and fed them until they were found by the herdsman Faustulus. Reared by Faustulus and his wife, Acca Larentia, the twins became leaders of a band of adventurous youths, eventually killing Amulius and restoring their grandfather to the throne. They subsequently founded a town on the site where they had been saved.
In Roman mythology, Romulus and Remus, twin sons of the princess and vestal Rhea Silvia and the god Mars, are the legendary founders of Rome. Romulus and his twin brother Remus are the sons of vestal Rhea Silvia and the god Mars. Rhea Silvia is the daughter of Numitor, king of the legendary Latin city of Albe la Longue founded by Ascagne, son of Aeneas and dispossessed of the throne by his brother Amulius. The latter, fearing that his grandnephews would claim their due by growing up, takes the pretext that they are the sons of a Vestal, who had vowed chastity and ordered that they are thrown into the Tiber. But the order is poorly executed, the newborns are abandoned in a basket on the river, survive miraculously protected by the gods, says the legend , and are discovered under a wild fig tree the Ficus Ruminalis located in front of the entrance of the Lupercale cave, at the foot of the Palatine Hill, by a she-wolf Lupa who nurses them and by a woodpecker, the bird of Mars.
The killing of Remus by his brother, and other tales from their story, have inspired artists throughout the ages. Since ancient times, the image of the twins being suckled by a she-wolf has been a symbol of the city of Rome and the Roman people. Although the tale takes place before the founding of Rome around BC, the earliest known written account of the myth is from the late 3rd century BC. Possible historical basis for the story, as well as whether the twins' myth was an original part of Roman myth or a later development, is a subject of ongoing debate. Romulus and Remus were born in Alba Longa , one of the ancient Latin cities near the future site of Rome. Their mother, Rhea Silvia was a vestal virgin and the daughter of the former king, Numitor , who had been displaced by his brother Amulius. In some sources, Rhea Silvia conceived them when their father, the god Mars , visited her in a sacred grove dedicated to him.
History >> Ancient Rome. Romulus and Remus are the mythological twin brothers who founded the city of Rome. Here is their story. Twins are Born Romulus.
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The legend of Romulus and Remus
Many of Aeneas decedents reigned this settlement peacefully. When Nimitor was king, his brother Amulius seized the power and dethroned Nimitor, killing his male heirs and forcing his daughter, Rhea Silvia, to become a Vestal Virgin so that she would not provide a male heir to the throne. Nevertheless, Rhea Silvia gave birth to twins, Romulus and Remus, whose father was thought to be Mars, the god of War. Amulius imprisoned the daughter and condemned the babies to death by drowning in the river Tiber. However, the servant in charge of the task took pity on them and instead placed the twins into a basket and pushed them down the River Tiber.