Romulus and Remus were the sons of Mars, the God of War and Rhea Silver, a mortal woman. The twins were born in Alba Longa, one of the ancient cities which would be near Rome today. At the time king Amilius had just overruled the former king Numitor and exiling him, and also demanded that his daughter, Rhea Silva's babies to be killed as they were seen as a threat to the throne. So the brothers were abandoned on the river Tiber to die.
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However they were saved by the God Tiberinus, the father of the river, and were washed up on a bank, by a cave now known as the Lupercal. Here they were found and suckled by a she-wolf, who cared for them. Finally they were found by a shepherd by the name of Faustulus. He brought them up to become young men.
When the twins were young adults, Numitor and Amilius had a dispute and Remus, being on the side of Numitor, was taken prisoner because of Amilius suspecting his true identity. Romulus vowed to free his brother along with placing his grandfather, Numitor back on the throne. Romulus and Numitor killed Amilius, making Numitor the rightful king once again. They freed Remus and so the two brothers set out to find a city of their own.
Romulus and Remus then had an argument about where to build their city, so they had a competition to see who could see more eagles on their different hills. Romulus chose the Palatine Hill, whereas Remus preferred the Aventine Hill. Remus saw six eagles first, but Romulus saw twelve eagles, so they both thought they had won. They then agreed to each build their own cities.
One day Remus visited Romulus' city. The walls had only just started being built and so Remus jumped over them, asking Romulus what kind of city has he built where he can leap over its defences. Romulus was very angry as he thought of this as mimicking his city
Romulus therefore killed Remus and named his city Rome, after himself. THE END