The New Student's Reference Work/Romulus

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The New Student's Reference Work (1914)
Romulus
See also Romulus and Remus on Wikipedia, and the disclaimer.


Rom′ulus, legendary founder and first king of Rome, son of Mars by Rhea Silvia, daughter of King Numitor of Alba Longa, was, so runs the myth, exposed with Remus, his twin-brother, at the foot of the Palatine hill, where he was suckled by a she-wolf, and afterward brought up by the shepherd Faustulus and his wife, Acca Laurentia.  In 753 B. C. he founded his city on the Tiber, to which he invited all homeless fugitives in the surrounding country, who carried off Sabine maidens for their wives.  After Romulus had firmly established his city and secured peace between the Romans and Sabines, he was carried to heaven in a chariot of fire and later was worshiped as Quirinus.