Romulus and Remus

*** The Full Moon, so romantic for those who aren’t transformed. Valentine’s Day… a day of romance. This year the two fall on the same day. Something extra special for such a day. Although not romantic. ***

Romulus and Remus are the legendary founders of Rome.

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They were twin brothers that were abandoned at birth (as legend has it) by their mother Rhea Silvia, the daughter of Numitor, king of Alba Longa.

If we take a few steps backwards in history, we would find that Numitor’s brother seizes power from Numitor kills all his male heirs and forces Rhea to become a Vestal Virgin (she became a priestess of Vesta, a Goddess). However, the God Mars, (or maybe it was Hercules) comes to Rhea and she conceives.

When Rhea delivers twin boys, her uncle kidnaps them and abandons them in Tiber River.

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The river takes them to a She-wolf who suckles and raises them. Their wolf mother passed her lycanthropic powers to them. As young children, they are found by a shepherd and his wife and are raised to manhood.

They discover their true identities and kill Numitor’s brother, put Numitor back on his throne. Waiting for Numitor to leave them, power is something they are not interested in. The find another area and build their own city.

Romulus was a jealous man. He killed his brother, as Cain killed Abel. (This gives us two similar stories from two separate cultures). He names his city after himself… Rome.

A little extra interesting tidbit…As Romulus became the leader of his tribe; he wore a Galea Lupina or helmet shaped like a wolf’s head. His warriors copied him and wore the skins of wolves and dogs.

*** This month’s Full Moon is called Moon of Ice***

Come back tomorrow to learn about Lupercalia, a Roman Festival. If you prefer not to celebrate Valentine’s Day, we’ll celebrate the Lupercalia together tomorrow.


6 thoughts on “Romulus and Remus

  1. Nice lesson in Mythical History Mari 🙂

  2. Loved this post, Mari. Mathair and I aren’t too keen on Valentine’s day, but we’re so excited to celebrate Lupercalia with you tomorrow. Matter of fact, we will dawn our most wolfiest of garments to do so. 😉 Hope you have a great Valentine’s day. Best wishes.

    • mari wells says:

      My family doesn’t do much for Valentine’s either. We’ll be partying tonight and tomorrow though. The FULL MOON and Lupercalia…
      Thanks, Ladies, I hope you both have a great day too. 😀

  3. spicanik says:

    Thank you for sharing this. It has given me good ideas for stories. 😀

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