Romulus and Remus
Today we started our Roman topic by discussing the legend of Romulus and Remus. We talked about how Amulius wanted to be king so he killed the current king, King Numitor, and his sons. He sent Numitor's daughter to be a Priestess of Vesta where she wasn't allowed to have children so no one would be able to overthrow him. Unfortunately for the new king Amulius, Numitor's daughter fell in love with the Roman God Mars and had twin boys. Amulius threw her in prison and ordered a servant to put the twins in the river.
Luckily, the servant took pity on the boys and sent them upstream in a basket, where they were found by a wolf who cared for them until they were found by a shepherd and his wife, who named them Romulus and Remus and raised them.
When the boys were grown up they got into a fight with some of King Amulius' servants. Remus was taken back to King Amulius so Romulus went to rescue him. In doing so, he murdered King Amulius. When the citizens found out who the boys were they forgave them for killing their king and asked them to be kings instead, but Romulus and Remus refused, saying they wanted to build a city of their own.
Romulus and Remus couldn't decide whether they wanted to build their city on Palantine Hill (Romulus' idea) or Aventine Hill (Remus' idea). The boys waited for a sign from the Gods, but when that didn't help them the twins fought and Remus was killed, leaving Romulus to build his own city on Palantine Hill.
We had a go at acting out the story ourselves. Here are a few photos from our performances!
Sewage systems; the calendar; paved roads; turnips and carrots are all things that we're introduce to Britain by the Romans. But where did they come from and why are they here?
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