On This Day In History: Myth Says Ancient Rome Was Founded By Romulus – On Apr 21, 753 BC

AncientPages.com - April 21, 753 BC, is a mythological date when Rome is founded by Romulus, one of the twin brothers.

In Roman mythology, Romulus and his twin brother Remus were the children of Rhea Silvia and Mars (or in some variations the demi-god hero Hercules).

View of the Roman Forum from Via di Monte TarpeoView of the Roman Forum from Via di Monte Tarpeo. source

Romulus and Remus are best known for being the founders of the city of Rome. Their story has been recorded by many authors including, an ancient Roman poet of the Augustan period, Virgil, who claims their birth and adventures were fated in order for Rome to be founded.

The story goes that Romulus and Remus were left to die, but they were saved by a she-wolf who kept them alive. They were discovered and cared for by a shepherd and his wife: Faustulus and Acca Larentia.

When Romulus and Remus became adults, they decided to found their own city and each set out to find the best location. One day, the two brothers quarreled over where the site should be, and Remus was killed by his brother.

This left Romulus the sole founder of the new city and he gave his name to it – Rome. Remus' death and the founding of Rome are dated by Livy to April 21st, 753 BC.

This story is only an ancient legend, which gives the impression that Rome was created very quickly.

However, the truth was completely different.