Romulus and Remus by their mutual strife made it plain that some go through dangers together with far less risk than through prosperity.
They themselves learned well and taught others the lesson that those who seek to avenge their wrongs are not invariably successful merely because they have first suffered injury, and that those who make demands on stronger men do not necessarily get what they demand, but often lose even what they had before.
Hersilia and the rest of the women of her kin, on discovering them one day drawn up in opposing ranks, ran down from the Palatine with their
Zonaras 7, 3.
[Romulus and Remus disputed] about the sovereignty and the city, and they got into a conflict in which Remus was killed. . . . . From this incident arose the custom of putting to death one who dared to cross the trench of a camp by any other than the regular passage-ways.
When she [Tarpeia] went down for water she was seized and brought to Tatius, and was induced to betray the citadel.
Tzetzes, Chil. 5, 21, v. 109 f.
Dio and Dionysius record the story of Cacus, and so do many other historians of Rome.
- The Caeninenses, Crustumini, and Antemnates. Cf. Livy 1, 10, 11.