- He is an oikist (founder of a colony). He held foundation games. In myth narratives the oikist always consult with a divine oracle and has games to celebrate the foundation - Aeneas had consulted Apollo on the island of Delos. - After 30 years Ascanius, first son of Aeneas left Lavinium to found his own city, Alba Longa. Alban Kings - Romans connected Romulus 1 st king of Rome to Aeneas by means of the Alban Kings - Roman historians/ myth makers invented the Alban Kings - Their succession was hereditary unlike that of the real kings; they were chosen by patricians. - In 794 BC the Alban king Procas died and was meant to be succeeded by Numitor. He was overthrow and expelled from Alba Longa by his wicked younger brother Amulius - Amulius forced Numitor’s daughter, Rheas Silvia to become Vestal Virgin (priestess of the Goddess of the Hearth, Vesta) - She miraculously got pregnant via the god of war (Mars) she had twin boys Romulus and Remus.
Vestal Virgins - Took vows of chastity - They oversaw the cult of Vesta and sacred flame on the altar of Vesta - Supervised by the pontifex maximus - In hard times vestals were charged with unchastity and subject to death by live burial (ex. If a war wasn’t going well they could be charged). Amulius was angry when he found out about the babies, He ordered them drowned in the Tiber River But thy were washed onto dry land nursed by a lactating she-wolf and raised by a kindly shepherd named Faustilus and his wife Acca Laurentia. Year later… - When they reached maturity Romulus and Remus killed their wicked great uncle the usurper Amulius. - They restored Numitor to the throne of Alba Longa - Following Numitor who had consulted an oracle the twins established a city at the spot they had washed up on the Tiber, - The spot was next t a sacred fig tree known as the ficus ruminalis (the city of Rome).
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