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Romulus and Remus: The Founding of Rome

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Transcript of Romulus and Remus: The Founding of Rome

ROMULUS AND REMUS:
THE FOUNDING OF ROME

Our story begins in the small city of Alba Longa.
Alba Longa was ruled by King Numitor.
Although, as many stories
go, the peaceful
king had an evil brother:
Blinded by hatred, greed, and a lust for power (as usual), Amulius performed a coup d'etat, imprisoning his brother, Numitor. He also killed Numitor's two sons and forced his daughter, Rhea Sylvia, to become a vestal virgin.
But fortunately, Rhea Sylvia disobeyed. She had two twin boys (Romulus and Remus) with Mars, god of war.
As you can imagine, Amulius was pretty ticked when he found out.
So he ordered the children to be thrown into the Tiber River.
But the two brothers were not thrown into the river. Instead, they were placed in a basket to float downstream, in hopes that someone would find and care for them.

And something did: a she-wolf.
The she-wolf mothered them as her own cubs and was helped to feed them by a woodpecker, until a shepherd named Faustulus found them and took them home to his wife, Acca Larentia.
Romulus and Remus grew up to be strong, courageous, disciplined men... Exactly what Amulus feared.
The two brothers returned to Alba Longa and preformed a coup d'etat of their own reinstating the true king, King Numitor.
Their mother must have been so proud.
Romulus and Remus then traveled in search of a place to build their own city.
They came to where Faustulus had found them.
There stood seven hills; six around the seventh, on which six fishing villages stood.
So the six villages banded together to form Rome.
But it wasn't all sunshine and lollipops; Romulus and Remus disagreed on how to build the city.
So they turned to the gods and asked them to show them how to build the city.

The gods showed Remus six vultures first, but then showed twelve to his brother.
Angered that Romulus had claimed kingship, Remus attacked his brother.
But Remus was no match for Romulus and was killed in the brawl.
Amulius.
Both wolves and woodpeckers are sacred to Mars.
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