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.
The legend of Romulus and Remus
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.
Silvia conceived twins Romulus and Remus by god of war, Mars. According to Roman mythology, they were abandoned as infants and a series of miracles helped them survive. They were suckled by a she-wolf, fed by a woodpecker and raised by a shepherd and his wife. They initially remained unaware of their background but later on found out the truth. After fighting Amulius and killing him they restored their grandfather, Numitor to the throne and then decide to found their own city.
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.
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The legend of Aeneas
In Roman mythology , Romulus and Remus were the twin sons of the god Mars, and were the founders of the city of Rome. Numitor's brother Amulius pronounced uh-MYOO-lee-uhs seized the throne and kept Rhea Silvia from marrying, since any sons she had would be the rightful heirs to the throne. - 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.
Romulus is given the credit for founding Ancient Rome — so legend has it. Children in Roman schools were taught the story and it became almost set in stone. Romulus and Remus were twin brothers. They were abandoned by their parents as babies and put into a basket that was then placed into the River Tiber. The basket ran aground and the twins were discovered by a female wolf.
In Roman mythology , Romulus and his twin brother Remus were the founders of the city of Rome. They were the children of Rhea Silvia and Mars or in some variations the demi-god hero Hercules and their story is recorded by many authors including Virgil who claims their birth and adventures were fated in order for Rome to be founded. Romulus and Remus were the direct descendants of Aeneas, whose fate-driven adventures to discover Italy are described by Virgil in The Aeneid. Romulus and Remus were related to Aeneas through their mother's father, Numitor. Before Romulus' and Remus' conception, Numitor's reign was usurped by Nimitor's younger brother, Amulius. Amulius inherited control over Alba Longa's treasury with which he was able to dethrone Numitor and become king.
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.