Remus

Roman - Son of Mars and Rhea Silvia or Ilia. Twin brother of Romulus. In an early version, Tarchetus, a king of Alba Longa, ordered his daughter to mate with a phantom phallus seen in the flames of his fire. She made a servant girl take her place and the result of this union was the birth of the twins, Romulus and Remus. In this version, they were given to Teratius to be killed but he left them on the bank of the Tiber. In some accounts, they were the sons of Latinus and Rhome. In another version they were the sons of Rhea Silvia who was raped by Mars and they were abandoned in a basket on the banks of the Tiber or, some say, cast adrift on its waters. They were found under the fig-tree, Ruminalis, by the herdsman Faustulus and reared by a she-wolf aided, in some accounts, by a woodpecker. They later killed Amulius who had usurped the throne from their grandfather, Numitor, and restored him to the throne. Remus was killed, for jumping over the walls of the newly-founded city, by Romulus who became king of Rome or by Celer, his lieutenant. Others say that he was killed in a quarrel that broke out between the followers of the two brothers. Remus and his brother are traditionally regarded as the founders of Rome. Also commonly known as Remus, Remi, Remi, Romulus, Romulus, Quirinus, Rhomos or Rhomus.

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