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Rome: The legend begins:

Peter Balanck

Romulus and Remus, the twin sons of Mars and a Vestal Virgin, are the first characters to emerge in Rome’s long history. According to legend, in 753 BC the brothers were suckled by a she-wolf after a malevolent relative had thrown them into the Tiber River. The brothers survived and, in adulthood, established competing settlements on the Palatine Hill; clearly, however, sibling rivalry was never far from the surface as Romulus killed Remus during an altercation. The story may mirror that of the biblical parable of Cain and Abel but, unlike the murderous Cain, Romulus went on to achieve greatness by founding the city of Rome.

Romulus is also remembered as the architect of at least one other dastardly deed – the Rape of the Sabine Women. This attack entailed luring the men, women and children of the nearby Sabine kingdom onto Roman territory for a celebration, before slaughtering many of the men and kidnapping the women. The reason for this violence was that, in the 750s BC, Romulus’s people had a severe shortage of women. In time, however, the wounds between the two kingdoms healed. After Romulus’s death, a succession of six kings ruled the city until it was defeated by the Etruscan Tarquin dynasty.
The last Etruscan ruler, Tarquin the Proud, was a tyrant whose unpopularity led to the Etruscans being thrown out of Rome; the result was that in 509 BC, Rome became a republic in which power was wielded by two elected consuls, although provision was made for an absolute ruler during troubled times. Matters changed in 49 BC when, after his military victories over Gaul (France), Julius Caesar – who ruled Rome as part of a triumvirate – descended on the city with his army and appointed himself ‘dictator for life’.

On the Ides of March (15 March) 44 BC, Caesar was assassinated by enemies in the Roman Senate, including his adopted son Brutus. Legend has it that, on realising Brutus was involved in the conspiracy against him, Caesar said ‘Et tu, Brute?’ or ‘You too, Brutus?’ Caesar was succeeded by his nephew, Octavian, who declared himself emperor in 27 BC and renamed himself Augustus Caesar. Although some early Roman dates are obscure, it seems Augustus ruled until AD 14; his reign ushered in the era of empire that held sway until 476.

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