...but it ended in the death of one of them.
Romulus (the founder of Rome) would slay Remus over a dispute about which one of the two brothers had the support of the local gods to rule the new city and give it his name.
One day, when Romulus and Remus arrived at Palatine Hill the two argued over where the exact position of the future city should be.
Romulus was set on building the city upon Palatine Hill, but Remus wanted to build the city on the strategic and easily fortified Aventine Hill.
The two agreed to settle their argument by testing their abilities by the will of the gods.
Each took a seat on the ground apart from one another. Remus had a vision of six vultures (which were considered to be sacred to Mars, their father), while Romulus saw twelve!
Remus was enraged by Romulus’s victory, and as the victor began digging a trench where the city's wall would eventually be (753 BC) Remus ridiculed some parts of the work and obstructed others.
At last, Remus could stand it no longer and leaped across the trench his brother had dug (an omen of bad luck) and a fight to the death began.
But Romulus was stronger and killed his brother there and then.
Romulus named the city Rome after himself, and served as its first king along with the Senate.
As he grew older, however, Romulus bored of democracy and ruled alone as a dictator.
One day, when Romulus and all the people of Rome had gone to Campus Martius, a sudden storm arose. The darkness became so great that the people fled in terror.
When the storm was over, the Romans returned. But to their surprise, Romulus had disappeared, forever.
Which of the Kaczynski brothers, Lech or Jaroslaw, is Romulus? Who will see the greater number of vultures?
Update, Friday: Lech Walesa, one time ally of the Kaczynski twins, was on television this morning saying: “Yeah, the Kaczynskis are used to fighting – they spent the first few months of their lives fighting for their mother’s tit!'
He always did have a way with words, did our Lech.
Thursday, July 13, 2006
Posted by beatroot at 7/13/2006