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Founding of Rome

Founding of Rome

Author: Mary Howe

Students will name the key players in the founding of Rome.

A quick look at one version of the founding myth of Rome via a cartoon video, a list of the important characters, and some follow up questions. 

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Who was who at the founding of Rome?

After watching the video, you should be able to explain the roles of each of the characters listed below:











The Story of Romulus and Remus

a cartoon retelling of the story of Romulus and Remus and the founding of Rome

Some questions to think about and answer

  1. What was the name of the city Amulius and Numitor ruled?  Was it Rome? 
  2. Which brother was the surviving ruler of Rome?  What happened to the other brother?
  3. Look back on the story and think about what kind of person Romulus was.  How does he/his story compare with George Washington or Abraham Lincoln or any of America's founding fathers, and what does this say about ancient Romans?
  4. Can you create a graphic of some type (family tree, flowchart, etc.) of the people involved in the founding of Rome?

Always remember that there are many versions of this story!  You will probably see other versions where Romulus and Remus have to compete for who should found the new city.  In most of these versions, they stand on two different hills and 6 vultures or eagles fly over Remus, but 12 vultures or eagles fly over Romulsu, so he is proclaimed the ruler.  Later on, Romulus kills his brother Remus for jumping over the city wall right after he says that noone can cross the wall (even though it's under construction and still only two feet high) without Romulus' permission.  Remus is jealous of Romulus being in charge and jumps over the wall, laughing and making fun of it, so Romulus kills him.  Lovely, huh?  Go back to question number 3, and see if this changes your answer at all.  Maybe it doesn't.  Why do you think people would be proud that their leader murdered his brother? 

Famous bronze statue of the she-wolf feeding the twin boys. In the Capitoline Museum at Rome

Painting of the she-wolf and the twins with Fausulus. From the Capitoline Museum in Rome

Romulus and Remus slideshow

Romulus and Remus pictures and other elements of the founding of Rome