mythology meme:  [3/3] mythical rulers

↳ romulus and remus of alba longa

Twin sons of Mars and Rhea Silvia, they were nursed by a she-wolf as infants and raised by a simple shepherd and his wife. Once they reached adulthood, they helped overthrow the false king of Alba Longa. Rather than press their own claim to the throne, however, they decided to restore the rightful king, and found a new city of their own. A disagreement arose, concerning the location of this new city; the brothers fought and Remus was killed. Romulus founded Rome and brought it glory, but as the years passed he became increasingly autocratic, and in the end either disappeared, ascended to the heavens to become a god in his own right, or was killed by the Senate, depending on the particular version of the myth.


Chased gold presentation box - Peter Russell (box) and George Michael Moser (chased decoration), 1741.

The scene on the top of the box (second photo) depicts Gaius Mucius Scaevola standing before the Etruscan king Lars Porsena after his failed attempt to assassinate him, thrusting his hand into the fire to show Porsena the resolve of the Romans to resist the Etruscan siege. On the bottom of the box (third photo) Romulus and Remus suckle their wolf foster-mother beside a god representing the Tiber.

City of Brotherly Love, meet the City of Brotherly … Killing? On April 21, 752 BC (or 753 BC?—no one’s quite sure about the year, but they all agree on the day), Romulus killed his brother Remus and then founded the city of Rome. If the story isn’t crazy enough for you, just remember that Romulus and Remus were orphaned as babies but were nursed by a wolf until they were discovered and raised by the shepherd Faustulus. And you thought your family was weird.

Romulus and Remus Nursed by a She-Wolf,” 1805, by Josef Bergler II


ROMULUS AND REMUS, twin brothers and founders of Rome. 

Their mother was Rhea Silvia, daughter of Numitor, king of Alba Longa. Once the twins were born, Amulius had them abandoned to die in the Tiber river. They survived - the river carried them to safety, a she-wolf (in Latin, lupa) found and suckled them, and a woodpecker fed them. The twins became leaders of a band of adventurous youths, eventually killing Amulius. They subsequently founded a town on the site where they had been saved. When Romulus built a city wall, Remus jumped over it and was killed by his brother. Romulus consolidated his power, and the city was named for him.

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