Ancient Rome Romulus and Remus

According to a legend, the city of Rome was founded by twins, Romulus and Remus. Their father was Mars, the god of war, and their mother was a Latin princess. The Latin king took the infants and put them in a basket. He abandoned them on the banks of the Tiber River. The king was afraid the twins might try to take his throne, so he left them to die.

A female wolf found the twins and fed them her own milk. Finally some shepherds rescued the twins and raised them as their own children. After growing up, the boys decided to build a city in the place where they had been born. Each brother decided to rule one part of the city. They each chose a hill from which to rule the new city.


Student Temple of Romulus

Temple of Romulus

One day Romulus and Remus got into a terrible fight. Remus was angry because his brother got a larger part of the city to rule. Romulus killed Remus in this quarrel. This left Romulus's hilltop called Palatine the center of the new city. The city was named Rome after Romulus.

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Ancient Rome Introduction
Romulus and Remus
The History of Rome


The City of Rome
Ancient Roman Emperors
Roman Gods


Ancient Roman Gladiators
The Roman Meal
Ancient Roman Entertainment


Ancient Roman Baths
Ancient Roman Clothing
Ancient Roman Children


Ancient Roman Slaves
Ancient Roman Soldiers
Ancient Roman Homes


Ancient Roman Art
Ancient Roman Calendar
Ancient Roman Building


Roman Numerals
Roman Catacombs