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:
||Beginning of reign.
||Built Temple of Janus.
||Updated calendar, assigned holidays.
||Established priests and vestal virgins.
||Water nymph, wife and advisor to Numa.