Rome Buzz – Romulus, Remus and Buzz

Here are Romulus and Remus, the founders of Rome, with Buzz outside the oldest museum in the world: the Musei Capitolini.

Rome Buzz - Romulus, Remus and Buzz - photograph copyright David Bailey (not the)

Myth says twins Romulus and Remus were abandoned in a basket to die in the river Tiber. That sounds like an Old Testament Moses and the basket story to me. Their father was the god Mars and their mother was a Vestal Virgin. God and a virgin? Sounds like a familiar Christian New Testament story to me. They were saved by a series of miraculous interventions: the river carried them to safety; a she-wolf found and suckled them; and a woodpecker fed them. Will miracles never cease? A shepherd and his wife then found them and fostered them as shepherds. This all sounds like the plot of a book! They were blissfully unaware of their origins, became leaders, seized control, Romulus killed Remus and then he founded Rome. Twins where one kills the other? The story of Cain and Abel is found in the Christian Bible, Jewish Torah and Muslim Quran.

The myth of the founding of Rome obviously has some very deep and powerful elements which have featured in human storytelling for thousands of years and recur in many of the world’s more popular religions. I prefer the storyline in Toy Story.

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