According to Roman mythology, the story of these twin brothers tells of the origins of Rome.
According to Roman mythology, the story of these twin brothers tells of the origins of Rome. They were the children of Mars and Rhea Silvia and according to Virgil and many other writers, their adventures were inextricably linked to the foundation of Rome. Born in Alba Longa, they were seen as a threat to King Amulius and so to save himself he ordered them to be abandoned on the banks of the River Tiber. The newborns were left to die but Tiberius, the mythological father of the river, saved them and they survived under his care. A female wolf suckled them in a cave near to Lupercal. Later on, they were adopted by a shepherd, Faustulus. Unaware of their identity, they grew up working as farmers and shepherds. But no matter how far they had come from their original birth parents and home, their roots did not leave them and their inbuilt leadership skills helped them gather many supporters. As they grew into adulthood, they became involved in an argument between the supporters of Amulius and Numitor. As a consequence, Remus was imprisoned in Alba Longa, the very place where he was born. The king and Remus’ grandfather suspected his real identity. Meanwhile, Romulus was busy looking for ways to free his brother. While all this was taking place, they both got to know about their real identity, and they joined forces with their grandfather to restore the throne. Finally, they won and Amulius was killed. As they arrived back to the seven hills, they were caught up in an argument about where to build the city. Romulus preferred Palatine Hill, but Remus wanted it to be on Aventine Hill. As they could not reach an agreement, they asked the gods to help by using augury or the interpretation of omens. Romulus saw 12 auspicious birds and claimed a win as Remus only saw six. This gave rise to a new dispute and eventually Remus was killed. Romulus then went on to found the city of Rome.