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'*Legend of Romulus and Remus*'

The legend of Romulus and Remus

The history of Rome begins with the legend of the twins Romulus and Remus. The twins grandfather, Numitor had been king of the ancient city of Alba Longa. However when Numitor's brother, Amulias, overthrew him, Numitor's daughter, Rhea, was forced to become a vestal virgin so that she could not conceive children that might dispose their great uncle. However, Rhea was seduced by the god Mars and bore two sons, Romulus and Remus. Amulias was furious and threw Rhea into prison and ordered the servant to kill the two boys. The servant was unable to do this however and instead abandoned them on the bank of the river Tiber. There they were found by a she-wolf who fed them with her milk and thus ensured their survival.

When the boys grew up they did indeed over-throw Amulias. Then they decided to build a city of their own. However, they argued over where the city should be build and in a fit of anger, Romulus killed his brother. The new city was built on the Palatine Hill and it become known as 'Rome' after it's founder and king.

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