Romulus and Remus

Romulus and Remus

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  • The Birth and Parentage of Romulus and Remus
  • The Discovery of Romulus and Remus
  • Romulus and Remus Begin to Quarrel
  • We should start the city on Palatine Hill! I saw 12 birds in the augury, so I am the clear winner
  • I say we start it on Aventine Hill! I saw my six birds first, so I am the winner!
  • Rhea Silvia, Romulus and Remus' mother, was a Vestal Virgin who betrayed her vows of celibacy. King Amulius feared the wrath of the paternal god, so he imprisoned Rhea and ordered the twins death by live burial, exposure, or being thrown in the Tider River. The servant ordered to execute the children took pity on them and set them in a basket on the Tiber River.
  • Death of Remus and Founding of Rome
  • The twins were first discovered by a she-wolf who suckled them and they were fed by a woodpecker. Eventually, they were discovered and cared for by a shepherd and his wife: Faustulus and Acca Larentia.
  • Beginnings of Rome: War and Peace
  • Jupiter, aid us! Let the Romans emerge victorious against the Sabines!
  • Romulus and Remus left Alba Longa to found their own city. The brothers fought over the location of the foundation of their city. In order to settle their disagreement, they agreed to consult augury, which is a type of prophecy in which birds are examined and observed to determine the actions or people the gods favor. The brothers remained at a standstill, so Romulus began to dig trenches and build walls around Palatine Hill.                                                                                               
  • Death of Romulus
  • Remus made fun of the wall and his brother's city and was so bold to jump over Romulus's wall. In response to this, Romulus, angered by his brother, killed Remus. Some say Remus simply died after jumping over the wall, which was thought to be a sign of the gods of Rome´s power and fate. Some say Remus was killed by one of Romulus's supporters, with a spade thrown at his head. Romulus mournfully buries his brother, bestowing upon him full funeral honors.
  • Romulus's city was named Roma, after himself. The male population increased, so the Roman men would abduct women from a neighboring city.  When the Sabines' women were taken, they used the commander of the Capitoline Citadel's daughter to attack Rome. They offered her what she thought would be gold, but crushed her with their shields. Romulus prayed to Jupiter to help them win the battle, and Jupiter sent help. After the Sabine King died, Romulus then decided to expand his empire.
  • There are many different theories as to how and why Romulus died. One myth said he vanished mysteriously. According to many eye-witnesses, Romulus became a god and rose to the heavens. Another idea is that the Senate had planned to murder Romulus to regain their former power. Romulus died around 717 BCE according to Plutarch and 715 BCE according to Dionysus of Halicarnassus.
  • Whoa!
  • Oh, my!
  • It's Romulus!
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