Romulus, Remus, Origins of Rome

Romulus, Remus, Origins of Rome

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One of the best literary sources we have regarding Romulus, Remus and the origins of Rome is the historian Strabo (Geography book 5 (Italy) chapter 3). Romulus was the mythical founder of Rome and hence the city’s first king, according to mythology he founded the city in the year 753BC. It is difficult to say whether he really existed although numerous pieces of evidence would support the myth; the ancient Romans themselves were evidently convinced of his existence and the chance discovery in 2008 of a deep grotto in the Palatine hill under the villa of Augustus points to the existence of the Lupercale: the supposed site where the she wolf nursed Romulus and his twin brother Remus.

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