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Romulus & Remus
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Romulus & Remus
Mama Wolf nursing the pups: Romulus and Remus. I guess getting raised by wolves turns out pretty well.
This is a bronze sculpture in the Museo Nuovo in the Palazzo dei Conservatori, Rome.
Timeline of early Rome
Roman Mythological Romulus & Remus
were the twin sons of
. They were, together with their mother, cast into the Tiber. The god
saved Rhea Silvia from drowning, and the brothers were miraculously rescued by a she-wolf. The wolf reared the twins together with her cubs underneath a fig tree (the 'ruminalus ficus'). After a few years they were found by the shepherd
, who took the brothers home and gave them to his wife
When they reached maturity they killed Amelius, the brother of their grandfather, and built a settlement on the Palatine Hill. During a quarrel where Remus mocked the height of the walls, Romulus slew Remus and became the sole ruler of the new Rome, which he had named after himself. He took Hersilia as his wife.
To enlarge his empire, he allowed exiles and refugees, homicides and runaway slaves to populate the area. The shortage of women he solved by stealing Sabine women whom he invited to a festival. After a few wars, the Sabines agreed to accept Romulus as their king. Upon his death he was taken to the heavens by his father Mars. He is later revered as the god
Oil canvas painting of Romulus and Remus by Pieter Pauwel Rubens
Roman Imperial Coins of Romulus
Triumph of Romulus over Acron, 1812 Jean-Auguste Ingres
753-715 BCE (birth/death of Romulus, first king of Rome)
More about post-Remus Romulus
The brothers quarreled and began fighting over the meaning of the vultures in the sky, and in a rage, Romulus killed Remus.
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