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Happy 2772nd birthday Rome! Today it is not only Easter, but also Natale de Roma! 🎊🎉
Have you ever been in Rome for this celebration? 🎆
History lesson! 📚
Rome was founded in 753 BCE by the twins Romulus and Remus, children of Rhea Silvia and Mars (though in some versions, the demigod Hercules is their father).
The story goes that Rhea Silvia gave birth to the twins, but as she was a Vestal Virgin, she was condemned to death. She was not killed though, but instead imprisoned. The twins was ordered killed, not by sword but the elements. A servant was put to carry out this task. The servant felt pity on the babies and put them in a basket and let them float down the River Tibern. They stranded on the base of Paletine Hill. A she wolf, lupa, discovered them and suckled them, and they were fed by a picus. They were then taken in by a shepard and his wife, Faustulus and Acca Larentina. The twins became shepards too. One day they met King Amulius' shepards. Amulius' shepards started a fight with Remus and Romolus. Remus was captured. Amulius was sure the twins were dead and did not recognise them. Romolus freed his brother and killed King Amulius in the process. They left Alba Longa to found their own city, but quarrelled over the location; Romolus wanted to found it at the Paletine Hill, Remus wanted to found it at the Aventine Hill. They tried to settle it by consulting augury. They were still in disagreement afterwards, until Romolus started digging trenches and build walls around the Paletine Hill.
Remus mocked him for his wall, jumping the wall in mockery. Romolus got fed up and killed is brother. He mournfully buried him, with full funerary honours. This date, the 21st of April 753, was the date of Remus' death and Rome's founding.
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