This week I learned about several of the Roman kings and what they did in their reign. In this essay I’m going to focus on Romulus, founder of Rome and the first king of Rome, and Numa Pompilius, the second king of Rome and probably one of the best.
Romulus was a twin, if you follow my blog or have read past essays you would know who Romulus is. If you don’t that’s fine, I’ll recap:
Romulus was a twin, his brother named Remus. As children they were cast off into a river left to die and was found and raised by a she-wolf and a shepherd. Anyways, they found out that they were royalty and decided to make their own kingdom. They disagreed on where they should put Rome, in the fight Romulus killed Remus and became the founder of Rome.
However, Romulus couldn’t get many people into his city! Then he thought that Rome could be a refuge for those who were in trouble. Whenever he found out that someone had committed a crime somewhere he would invite then to Rome. Clever right?
But another problem had come up; most civilians were men, none had wives! How would the city prosper if there were no off springs? So he came up with a plan. He invited the next door tribe, the Sabines, for a grand feast. While the men were talking and having a grand time the women were kidnapped! Titus Tatius, the Sabine’s king was enraged! Especially since they also kidnapped his daughter. Rome and the Sabines almost had a war, but the women stopped them saying that they were happy with their new husbands and that they were treated well. Titus Tatius then gave his daughter his blessing and the two tribes didn’t go to war.
Romulus was a pretty good king, he was very tricky though, the civilians loved him while the nobles or higher ranking people distrusted him. He conquered and won many battles through trickery at first, but when his military expanded he knew that trickery wasn’t needed anymore and that he would 100% win the battle.
Romulus died in 717 BC, the way he died isn’t clear. The civilians, who worshiped him like a god, said that he was whisked away to heaven by a “magical” cloud; while the nobles say that they killed him. No one knows what is true, even to this day, the body hasn’t been found. Guess we’ll just have to… well, guess!