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Lovell 1 The Legends and Myths of Romulus and Remus La’Rae Lovell History 10 Profosser Chirssantos Section 30 December 5, 2008
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Lovell 2 As the founders of Rome during 753 BC, there have been many powerful stories and misconceptions of the life-stories of Romulus and Remus. Through these influential accounts the fraternal relationships have held a privileged position in Roman culture. Since many of the accounts were first passed on through oral tradition, there are not many resourceful written narratives during the 700’s BC. However, many reliable resources were written hundreds of years later. Some may not find these resources reliable for expressing the real truth of Romulus and Remus life going up, but they are reliable to help reflect on what was essential during the time the account was written. These resources are significant because they convey the aspects valued by the culture, and what they would have want to be remembered for through out history. So, in many of the sources they may be bias to reflect Remus as the weaker twin, or Romulus as a brave individual over his brother, but it does not mean it is true. This paper will discuss the legends and myths of Romulus and Remus, while depicting how authors represent Romulus and Remus, to really symbolize their culture during their period in time. There are many different version and tales of the first years of Romulus and Remus, but most of them include the story of the she-wolf. It has been said that after Numa wanted the twins of Romulus and Remus to be destroyed his servant Faustulus 1 placed the twins in a basket by the riverbank. After an overflow of water the basket drifted down the river until a self-wolf and woodpecker found and nurtured the twins. It has been said that this legend has mistaken the she- wolf for Faustulus’ wife since Latins called she-wolves “lupae,” and that was the name of Faustulus’ wife.” 2 But knowing that the she-wolf legend is more popular displays that it has 1 Plutarch. Bernadotte Perrin Translation. Plutarch's Lives. University of Michigan: W. Heinemann, 1914. Pg 97.
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