The Right Coast

February 15, 2005
 
Romulus and Remus
By Mike Rappaport

It is amazing how often ancient myths appear to be based on fact. Now there is even support for Romulus and Remus:

Legend has it that Rome was founded in 753 B.C. by Romulus and Remus, the twin sons of Mars, the god of war, who were suckled as infants by a she-wolf in the woods. Now, archaeologists believe they have found evidence that at least part of that tale may be true: Traces of a royal palace discovered in the Roman Forum have been dated to roughly the period of the eternal city's legendary foundation.

Where previously archaeologists had only found huts dating to the 8th century B.C., Carandini and his team unearthed traces of regal splendor: A 3,700-square-foot palace, 1,130 square feet of which were covered and the rest courtyard. There was a monumental entrance, and elaborate furnishings and ceramics. "It could be nothing other than the royal palace," he said, adding that during that period the average abode was about one-tenth the size.