sabato 26 febbraio 2011

The Legend of Romulus and Remus - Founding of Rome by Romulus

Let’s talk about the legend of the founding of Rome by the twin brothers, Romulus and Remus. Their grandfather was the rightful king of Alba but he had been deposed by his brother. Their mother was supposed to be a virgin priestess of the goddess Vesta, but she got pregnant, some say by Mars, the god of war. Their great-uncle recognised that Romulus and Remus were more than human and attempted to have them killed. The servant entrusted with this task abandoned them by the river Tiber, which was in flood. They were found by a she-wolf who suckled them, and a woodpecker, who fed them. A swineherd later found the babies and brought them up. Romulus and Remus grew up into strong young men, born leaders of the shepherds and outlaws in the surrounding countryside. Remus was captured in a brawl with some of his grandfather's shepherds. Romulus attempted to rescue his brother, and the presence of twins of about the right age uncovered the secret. With their own followers and their grandfather's men, they deposed their great-uncle and restored their grandfather to his throne. Romulus and Remus did not want to serve anybody else as king, so they left Alba to found their own city. They chose different sites, and decided to seek omens for which would be better. Remus looked round and saw six vultures, a good omen, whereupon Romulus claimed to have seen twelve, even better. While they were arguing, Remus jumped contemptuously over the walls Romulus had built. Romulus was made even angrier by this, and in a fit of rage, killed his brother.
Romulus buried Remus, and carried on with building his city. There was one problem: all the inhabitants, being shepherds, runaway slaves, and brigands, were men. Romulus held games in honour of the god Consus, and invited people from the Sabine communities roundabout. While they were watching the games, Romulus gave a signal and the Romans seized the young Sabine women who were attending the games and made off with them. The Sabines later tried to get the women back, but by this time they had married their abductors and some of them had become mothers. The women interposed themselves between the two armies, and pleaded not to be forced to choose between their relatives by blood and their relatives by marriage. Peace was restored and Romulus and Tatius, the king of the Sabines, were made joint monarchs. Tatius was killed after only five years, and Romulus then reigned alone. After having reigned over Rome for 38 years, Romulus disappeared in a violent storm, and it was announced that he had been taken up to heaven, from where he would continue to look after Rome's destiny as the god Quirinus.

10 commenti:

  1. I love this tale. I remember learning it when I was a child. My late Nonna had a statue in her house and it would always fascinate me.

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  2. Ohh!I am speechless, and lost my self in the video.D on't know how to thank you.

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  3. @Romina Garcia ..this is the ancient tale that tells about the Legend Of Rome...that is the she-wolf that nurtured ROMULUS and REMUS. Romulus is said have been the founder of Rome ♥

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  4. @Royal Nirupam...you are welcome my dear FRIEND..it was a pleasure for me to write about the founding of Rome and of course this post is expressly dedicated to you.!

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  5. I learned this at 7 yrs old my nana & nono bought me the statue a black base with the wolf and children in sliver.. wish I still had it. Thanks for bringing back the memories. ANd Thank you so much for the link I honestly appreciate it.. Grazie

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  6. you are WELCOME JIM...this is the Legend we have been told...the foundation of ROME thanks to the 2 twins which were nurtured and fed by the she-wolf...this tale makes me dream all the time...ANCIENT ROME...so beautiful....as far as the link I wanted to create a list of my favourite blogs... so I thought of YOU.!

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  7. Hi, sorry this is a little off the topic, I love your blog, and check in when I can and catch up on what I have not yet read. You have great advice and paint a good picture of Rome, I was wondering if you can offer any advice on websites to look for a job? And maybe any advice on working visas for living or working in Rome? Thanks

    RispondiElimina
  8. @L_L...I wrote a post on working visas for living and working in Rome. You can check it on my blog. I left you the link address on your site.

    RispondiElimina
  9. nice post....italy and rome with a value artifacts

    thanks for sharing...

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  10. I have seen this first pic in logo ..Roma football club ..

    http://www.travelnlife.com/

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