Mythology- Romulus and Remus Mythology- Romulus and Remus A myth is a complex cultural phenomenon that can be approached from a number of viewpoints (“Mythology”). Mythological creatures are usually developed to explain something or to give a reason why something exists. Most Gods have a supernatural power or force, which makes them a God. Some mythological heroes are known as divinities, for the great things they have done. Romulus and Remus are two of the most well known mythological divinities, they were born of a vestal virgin, and they were the mythological founders of Rome. Of all mythological creatures Romulus is one of the better known.
They were seen as the mythological creators of Rome. The citizens of Rome worshipped Romulus and Remus because they were believed to have created the city. They were made up to explain the mysterious appearance of Rome. Overall they are two of the most famous mythological creations. Romulus and Remus were born into an unforeseen set of circumstances.
They were born of the Vestal Virgin, Rhea and the God of war, Mars. King Amulius sent them down the Tiber River so he would be able to deny their death, but they did not die. They were found by a she-wolf and a bird that fed and nurtured them to health. They were later found by a shepard, Faustulas, who brought them home to his wife Acca. Faustulas and Acca then raised them until they were strong adults. Romulus and Remus were made up to explain the creation of Rome.
Romulus and Remus founded the city of Rome on the place where they were to be drowned (Rosenburg 113). To name the town, since neither one was older they decided to split up and see who saw the first sign. “Six vultures, the bird of Mars, flew over Remuss head, moments later twelve vultures flew over Romuluss head. Romulus was the true victor”(“Mythology: Romulus”). The city Rome was named after Romulus (Jay 60).
A few years later while arguing over plans for the city, Romulus killed Remus. Romulus was the roman leader for forty more years until the Gods killed him. Moreover, they were greatly known and appreciated for what they developed and stood for. These Gods and Goddesses were born, fell in love, fought with one another, and generally behaved like their human worshipers (Littleton 813). The people of Rome made up these creatures to give them answers but at the same time they gave the world one more great story. Romulus and Remus were strong heroes who built a great divinity out of nothing.
In conclusion, Romulus and Remus were great names in mythology, were abandoned at birth and were the creators of the great city of Rome.