Romulus and Remus, and the Death of Amulius
By Salvatore L. Pasquale
ALBA LONGA, 753 BC- "Our king is dead." That's what the people of Alba Longa are saying. Just last week, King Amulius was killed in an uprising lead by twin brothers, Romulus and Remus.
According to the youths, Amulius is their great uncle and his brother Numitor, the former king, is their grandfather. The conflict started when Romulus and Remus got into a fight with some of Amulius' shepards, who kidnapped Remus. Romulus says that while chasing after the shepards, he ran into Numitor, who told him of his true parentage.
Romulus then organized an army of shepards and attacked Amulius' palace, saving Remus and killing their uncle. According to Numitor, Romulus and Remus are the sons of his daughter Shilvia, the wife of the river god Tiberinus. However, the boys' father is said to be Mars, the god of war. Amulius ordered the twins to be thrown into the Tiber.
Two years later the boys were found by a shepard, Faustulus and his wife, Acca Larentia, who found the boys being raised by wolves. The couple adopted them and raised them as shepherds.
Instead of taking the thrown of their now dead uncle, the boys have restored their grandfather to the thrown. Now reunited with their mother, Romulus and Remus plan to create a city in honor of their victory. They plan to build it on the banks of the Tiber, were the wolves found them. The name is either going to be Rem or Rome.