The Founding of Rome

April 21, 753 BC. The world didn't know it, but on this very day, one of the greatest empires to face the Earth was born. ROME.

Romulus and Remus are the founders of Rome. But the story behind their greatness is long and bloody.

Romulus and Remus were born in Alba Longa, one of the many ancient Latin cities near the founding site of Rome. Their mother was Rhea Silvia. She was the daughter of the former king, Numitor, who had been displaced by his brother Amulius. Their father was the Roman god of War Mars. Seeing them as a threat to their rule, KInd Amulius ordered the babies to be stolen from Rhea Silvia and left by a river bank to die.

The only reason why Amulius didn't poison the babies or something is because remember Romulus and Remus's father was Mars. A god. *PRO TIP: NEVER ANGER THE GODS.* Instead of dying like good little babies as Amulius had hoped, the River god Tiberinus saved them. Eventually, the she-wolf Lupa caught sight of the babies floating down the river and got interested. She raised Romulus and Remus until adulthood.

A shepherd named Faustulus eventually adopted the twins, and they began to learn how to herd the sheep that they once hunted (as baby human wolves). They became natural leaders and had a lot of support from the community. The thing to remember here is the fact that Romulus and Remus did all of this without knowing that they were princes of an ancient Latin city.

During this time, Numitor was taken prisoner by Amulius. Their mother, Rhea Silvia, was murdered by Amulius's guards. When getting to know of all of this, the twins were obviously outraged. Being raised by wolves had taught them many things; good and bad. But, one of the bads was a very short temper. In fact, Romulus and Remus were so furious, Mars gave them his blessing so they could be basically be invincible.

After finishing up their chores with Amulius, Romulus and Remus left the throne of Alba Longa in the hands of Numitor. The decided to build the empire of Rome itself.