771–716 BC

Romulus was the founder, and first king of the city of Rome. According to legend, he was the son of Mars, and descended from Aeneas on his mother's side. As a baby, he was cast into a river, along with his twin brother Remus, by their jealous uncle, but found and nursed by a she-wolf, then raised by a shepherd. After avenging themselves on their uncle, they founded the city of Rome on the hill where they were discovered as infants. Romulus accidentally killed Remus, becoming Rome's first king. He offered sanctuary to exiles, refugees, criminals, and runaway slaves if they became citizens of his new city. He and his men acquired wives by kidnapping them from neighboring tribes. Nonetheless, Rome grew into a thriving city under his reign.

Key events during the life of romulus:

Birth, adoption by she-wolf
Founding of Rome
  Capture of Sabine women
  War with Sabine nation

Other Resources

Story Links
Book Links
Twins  in  Romulus  by  Jacob Abbott
How Rome Was Founded  in  Thirty More Famous Stories Retold  by  James Baldwin
Romulus and Numa  in  Stories From Livy  by  Alfred J. Church
Beginnings of a State in  Stories from Ancient Rome  by  Alfred J. Church
Of Romulus and Remus  in  Stories from Roman History  by  Lena Dalkeith
Twins  in  Tales of the Romans: The Children's Plutarch  by  F. J. Gould
Wolf and the Twins  in  The Story of the Romans  by  H. A. Guerber
Death of Romulus  in  The Story of the Romans  by  H. A. Guerber
Romulus  in  Famous Men of Rome  by  John H. Haaren & A. B. Poland
Romulus  in  Our Young Folks' Plutarch  by  Rosalie Kaufman
Twin Boys  in  The Story of Rome  by  Mary Macgregor
How Rome Was Founded  in  Historical Tales: Roman  by  Charles Morris
Story of Romulus and Remus  in  On the Shores of the Great Sea  by  M. B. Synge
How Rome was Founded  in  Old World Hero Stories  by  Eva March Tappan

Book Links
Romulus  by  Jacob Abbott

Image Links

Rhea Silvia
 in Romulus

Faustulus and the Twins
 in Romulus

The Death of Romulus
 in Romulus

The wolf and the twins
 in Thirty More Famous Stories Retold

What a fine strong wall it is!'
 in Thirty More Famous Stories Retold

The wolf and the twins
 in Stories From Livy

Romulus and Remus
 in Stories from Roman History

Romulus and Remus, Rubens
 in Famous Men of Rome

The Finding of Romulus and Remus
 in Greatest Nations - Rome

The Sabine Women Interfere between their Husbands and Kinsmen
 in Greatest Nations - Rome

A she-wolf, coming to the edge of the river to drink, heard their cries.
 in The Story of Rome

The Finding of Romulus and Remus.
 in Old World Hero Stories

Short Biography
Remus Twin brother of Romulus, killed in a conflict over who should rule the new city.
Rhea Silvia Mother of twins, Vestal Virgin
Faustulus Shepherd who raised the twins
Numitor Deposed king of Alba Longa, restored to his throne by his grandsons, Romulus and Remus.