The ancient Romans
loved myths and legends. As Rome grew and became great, the
Romans invented a myth to explain why they had the right to rule
everyone else. This was the myth of Romulus and Remus.
The myth of
Romulus and Remus
Rhea was a princess
and a mortal woman who was married to
Mars, the Roman god of war. Rhea and Mars had twin sons and named them
Romulus and Remus. Some of the other gods were jealous of Mars and
Rhea, and plotted to kill Romulus and Remus. Rhea heard about the
plot. Since Mars was away she needed to protect the boys. She put them in a basket and set it floating down the river hoping
that they would be found. They were found by a female wolf who
decided to raise them as her own cubs. After the boys had grown
some the wolf knew she couldn't keep them so she put them where a
shepherd would find them. The shepherd and his wife continued to
raise Romulus and Remus.
As the boys grew into manhood, they
decided to build a city and rule it as its king. They had a
contest to see who would be the top king. When it appeared that
Remus was going to win the contest, Romulus got so angry that he killed
Remus with a rock and became the first king of Rome. This is an
important story for Romans since their city was started by the son of
a god it had to be more powerful than any other city.
Now look at the names Romulus and
Rome. This is supposed to be how Rome got its name.
did Rome get its name?
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