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Religion and Holidays Kelsey Jans Samantha Casey
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The “Creation Story” of Rome The Romans believed in many gods and goddesses as the Greeks did. One in particular was the goddess of fire- Vesta who was known to have a sacred temple of fire. In this sacred temple, there were four females (the Vestal Virgins). These Vestal Virgins were selected when they were only children and then they were expected to remain virgins. The Romans believed that women should be chaste unless they were married.
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The “Creation Story”…. Romes origins were thought to come from one of these Vestal Virgins. It was believed that a Vestal Virgin had given birth to two boys. The Vestal Virgin had claimed that these boys were fathered by the god, Mars. (Mars is believed to be the god of fertility and war.) The Vestal Virgin was the sister of a king. The king believed that his sister had violated the sacred law of being chaste and that she was not telling the truth. The king had imprisoned his sister and floated her two twins on the Tiber River in the basket. These boys were named Romulus and Remus. Eventually, the boys arrived at a river’s bank and a shepherd had found them .
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The “Creation Story” Continued.. Once Romulus and Remus had grown into men, they killed their uncle as well as the king because they were angry that the king had imprisoned their mother and had taken power from their grandfather. The boys had restored power to their grandfather as well. Romulus and Remus had founded Rome. The two brothers had quarreled and Romulus had murdered Remus becoming the first king of Rome. Romulus wanted to populate his city so he decided that he would abduct young unmarried women from a tribe called the Sabines. The fathers of these women became outraged and had decided to retaliate and attack the Romans. The Sabine women were apparently content with the way they were living and had intervened in the fighting. The Sabine women had brought peace between their fathers and husbands.
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The “Creation Story” continued.. The story ends with Romulus vanishing into a thunderstorm and becoming a god.
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