Numa Pompilius

d. 674 BC

Numa Pompilius was a well-respected Sabine who was elected by the citizens of Rome to be their king after Romulus died with no heir. He was a peace-loving king who at first hesitated to accept the throne of such a war-loving nation. His reign, however, was peaceful and prosperous. He set the foundations for regular religious observances and festivals; he reformed the calendar, and set a precedent for wise and just leadership.

Key events during the life of Numa Pomilius:

716 BC
Beginning of reign.
  Built Temple of Janus.
  Updated calendar, assigned holidays.
  Established priests and vestal virgins.
674 BC

Other Resources

Story Links
Book Links
Romulus and Numa  in  Stories From Livy  by  Alfred J. Church
Beginnings of a State in  Stories from Ancient Rome  by  Alfred J. Church
What the Forest Lady Said  in  Tales of the Romans: The Children's Plutarch  by  F. J. Gould
Strange Signs of the Romans  in  The Story of the Romans  by  H. A. Guerber
Numa Pompilius  in  Famous Men of Rome  by  John H. Haaren & A. B. Poland
Numa Pompilius  in  Our Young Folks' Plutarch  by  Rosalie Kaufman
Peace-Loving King  in  The Story of Rome  by  Mary Macgregor

Image Links

Numa and the Nymph
 in Tales of the Romans: The Children's Plutarch

Short Biography
Egeria Water nymph, wife and advisor to Numa.