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Great Babies of History
Posted April 09, 2010 to photo album "Great Babies of History"
With Babies in theaters, we take look back on some of the most memorable babies of all time.
Slide 3: The Children of Empire - Romulus and Remus
According to myth, the great Roman Empire started with a pair of tiny baby twins––Romulus and Remus. How and why they founded Rome is a long story, which ironically begins and ends with fraternal discord. The twin’s grandfather, Numitor, a descendent of Trojan royalty, is overthrown by his brother, who, fearing future competition from possible descendents, also condemns Numitor’s daughters to chastity. Unfortunately Rhea Silvia is seduced by the god Mars, giving birth to twin boys. Before the evil uncle can put the mother and sons to death, a sympathetic servant saves the boys by sending them down the river Tiber, where, many miles downstream, they are discovered by a she-wolf who nurses them into childhood. When the two brothers grow up, they fight over the placement of a new city. Romulus kills his brother and names the new city Rome, after himself.