Legend of Romulus and Remus

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Legend of Romulus and Remus: Founders of Rome Romulus and Remus’ family were of royal descent. Their grandfather, Nimitor, was a king of Alba Longa a city of Latium in central Italy, or at least until his younger brother overthrew him. Amulius, the younger brother, inherited Alba Longa’s treasury and then was able to overthrow his elder brother and claim the throne as his. Rhea Silvia who was the daughter of Nimitor, was also the mother of Romulus and Remus. Amulius wanted to avoid conflict of power of any sort, and so he killed all his elder brother’s male heirs, Also to prevent from any more being born, he made Rhea Silvia become a Vestal Virgin. A Vestal Virgin is a priestess of Vesta, the patron goddess of the hearth, and they are out in charge of a so called ‘sacred’ fire that cannot, under any circumstances, be extinguished, and live a life of celibacy. Rhea Silvia was found to be pregnant, and the father of Romulus and Remus is not known for a fact. In the many different versions of the legend comes with different ideas of the father of the twins. The possible fathers could be Mars, God of War, or Hercules, the half god, but most likely what happened is that she was raped by an unknown man. To cover that the fact she might have been raped or some other circumstance, and to protect her life and the life of the unborn child (child; singular because at this time they could not tell if a woman was to have a multiple pregnancy), Rhea Silvia claimed that her pregnancy was of divine nature. Normally when a woman broke the vows of celibacy of being a Vestal Virgin they had to suffer punishment, and the punishment is death by being buried alive. Amulius believed that a god (Mars or Hercules) to be the father, and did not want to be punished for killing Rhea Silvia and the unborn child. So Amulius waited to do any action until after Rhea Silvia gave birth. When

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