The Origin Of Rome Essay, Research Paper
Origin of Rome
The origin of Rome is an interesting story. Did you know that Rome began by the
twin brothers Romulus and Remus? About a year before the twin brothers were born, their
great uncle had taken the power from their grandfather. When the new King found out
about the twin?s birth, he told his men to throw them into the Tiber River, because he was
scared that they would threaten him.
The gods took pity on the twins and they were safely placed into the shore. When
the floated with the water in the shore, they finally hit land and stopped. A wolf heard the
twins near by and comfort and protected them as if it was her own babies. Later on that
day a shepherd discovered the boys and took them home and raised them as his own sons.
When Romulus and Remus became older, they took revenge on his cruel uncle and their
grandfather got his throne back. Looking over a hill, their destiny and greatness had finally
appeared. Over the hill, beyond the Tiber River, they founded the City of Rome.
Years later, the Romans faced a more sophisticated culture of the eastern
Mediterranean. Because of this the story of the twins became boring when compared to
the Greek tales of the Trojan War. So a poet named Virgil created a new legend.. He
wrote a poem called Aeneid, he talked about Aeneas, a Trojan Hero. After all Aeneas
adventures and battles, Aeneas founded a colony in Italy, where Romulus and Remus was
born years later.
Still, both of these legends are important to the Romans. The story of Romulus
and Remus said that strength, justice, and the favor of the gods was the best protection
from the bad things. The Aeneid connected Rome to the older civilizations of Greece and
Asia Minor. All this showed and proved that they weren?t the newcomers to the
When Athens was displayed, Rome was only a small town in Italy. Alexander the
Great conquered the empire and he made Rome a stronger city-state in 323 B.C. Rome
won control and it united people and regions.