There once was a small country by the name of Alba Longa. Its king was a man by the name of Numitor.
One day, Numitor's evil brother Amulis took the throne from Numitor. He did this be staging a coup which sent Numitor to exile. With this task completed, Amulis turned his attention to Rhea Silvia, the daughter of Numitor.
Amulius feared that Rhea Silvia would bear children. He feared that these children would overthrow him one day. To solve this problem, Amulius banished Rhea Silvia to a temple. It was there something incredible happened.
Mars, the God of War, visited Rhea Silvia in the temple frequently. Soon enough, the two married and has two sons, Romulus and Ramis.
Learning of this, Amulius was furious. He ordered guards not only to put Rhea Silvia in prison but to float the young boys up the Tiber river, therefore drowning them. Things didn't exactly go the way Amulius had hoped.