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Romulus and his twin brother Remus were, according to mythology, the founders of Ancient Rome.


In legend, Romulus and Remus were born to the Roman god Mars and vestal virgin Rhea Silvia. As babies, Romulus and his brother were cast into the River Tiber by their great-uncle Amulius but their cradle washed up near seven hills. There the boys were found and cared for by a she-wolf until they were later taken in by a shepherd who raised them as his own.

Eventually the pair discovered what Amulius had done and, with the help of locals, overthrew their great-uncle's city. The twins decided to establish a settlement of their own but the brothers quarreled over on which of the hills to build resulting in Romulus slaying Remus.

The city of Rome took Romulus's name and was founded on April 21, 753 BC.


In 1938, there was a plaque in the Biblioteca di San Barnaba of Venice quoting them for having said "For a great library, even if it is in a second-rate city."

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The library plaque is a humorous reference to the fact that the library is in Venice, which the founders of Rome believe to be inferior to Rome itself.



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