Romulus and Remus were twin boys born to a princess named Rhea Silvia. Their father was supposedly a fierce Roman god, Mars. The king where the boys were born was scared that someday Romulus and Remus would overthrow him and take his throne. So he had the boys left in a basket on the Tiber River, figuring they would soon die.
Throw them in the river!
Father! Please do not do this!
The boys were found by a she-wolf. The wolf cared for them and protected them from other wild animals. A friendly woodpecker helped to find them food. Eventually some shepherds happened across the twins.
Hey! There are children here!
One shepherd took the boys home and raised them as his own. As the boys grew older their natural leadership skills began to show.
One day Remus was captured and taken to the king. He discovered his true identity, while Romulus gathered some shepherds to rescue his brother.
You are THE Romulus.
They ended up killing the king. When the city learned who the boys were, they offered to crown them as joint kings. They could be rulers of their homeland. However, they turned down the crowns because they wanted to found their own city, so the twins left and set out to find the perfect spot for their city.
No thank you. We are making our own kingdom.
It is Romulus and Remus! Be our joint kings!
The twins eventually came to the place where Rome is located today. They both liked the general area, but each wanted to place the city on a different hill. Romulus wanted the city to be on top of Palatine Hill while Remus preferred Aventine Hill. They agreed to wait for a sign from the gods, called an augury, to determine which hill to use. Remus saw the sign of six vultures first, but Romulus saw twelve. Each claimed to have won.