Rhea Silvia

Roman - A vestal virgin. Daughter of Numitor. Mother of Romulus and Remus. By Mars. In one version of the story of Romulus and Remus, she was raped by Mars as she was fetching water from a spring. As a result, she was imprisoned for breaking her vows of chastity but she was later released by her sons. In some versions she suffered the traditional penalty and was buried alive though others say that she was drowned or beheaded and was then deified. In some stories she is referred to as Ilia, daughter of Aeneas. On occassion, identified as Rhea Silvia, Ilea, Ilea, Ilia, Ilia, Rea Silvia, Rea Silvia, Silvia, Silvia, Sylvia, Sylvia, Tarchetius, Tarchetius or Ocresia.

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