The Myth of Romulus and Remus
A tale can have a number of different reasons within in, but the idea has to come from somewhere, whether it is fact or nonfiction. Although the myth of Romulus and Remus depicts a starting point for Roman history, the more remarkable fact of this story is that it portrays the origination of three most treasured Roman values: pietas, dignitas, and gravitas. Due to this tale being passed through many generations there is no surprise that the citizens admired the actions taken and thus incorporating these values into their daily lives.
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The twins had grown up to become shepherds and seemingly lived a normal life. It wasn’t until one day while the boys were herding cattle that they noticed shepherds from King Amulius were approaching them, although they had not recognized the boys since they were presumed to be dead, the King’s shepherds arose trouble with the twins and took Remus captive. Romulus then gathered as many shepherds as he could and set out to rescue his brother, during the rescue Romulus had crossed paths with King Amulius and later defeated him (Garcia). This particular moment in the story serves as a main example to describe the favored value in the Roman society, pietas. This value is defined as “respect towards the gods, fatherland, and family” (Sayre 199). Romulus sought out to find his brother and let nothing stand in his way or stop him, which portrayed the importance of family and was later incorporated to be a part of society.
After the defeat of King Amulius, the twins were offered the crown but simply declined due to the fact that they wanted to explore to start their own city. When it came time to establish the city’s location, the Palatine Hill or the Aventine Hill, the brothers disagreed and began to feud (Garcia). Instead of the more common way to settle arguments back in ancient Roman times, the twins settled with the idea to refer to a form of prophecy that reviews birds to decide who the gods agree with. With Remus having declared he won because he saw six birds before Romulus’ twelve, this left them at a stalemate. Rather than continuously bickering with each other, Romulus began to construct walls around the hill he chose, being the Palatine Hill. The fact that the twins had chosen to embark on a journey to find and build their own city displays mature actions and willing to take on responsibility, which sets the base for the Roman term gravitas. This can be defined as “having a serious attitude about life, as well as acting rationally” (Vandermast). Although the age of the brothers at the time is unknown, the fights and actions taken greatly show their gravitas.
When Remus noticed what Romulus was building he started to ridicule the walls and beginnings of a city that Romulus had constructed. Remus had...