The royal shepherd of Amulius and husband of Acca Larentia. He found Romulus and Remus as they were nursed by the she-wolf, and carried the twins to his wife to be brought up.1 He was believed to have been killed, like Remus, by near relatives, while he was endeavoring to settle a dispute between them, and to have been buried in the Forum near the rostra, were a stone figure of a lion marked his tomb. Others, however, believed that Romulus was buried there.



  1. Livy. History of Rome i, 5.


  • Dionysius of Halicarnassus. Roman Antiquities i, 87.
  • Festus, s.v. Niger Lapis.
  • Hartung, J.A. Die Religion der Römer. Vol. 2, p. p. 190.
  • Smith, William. (1870). Dictionary of Greek and Roman Biography and Mythology. London: Taylor, Walton, and Maberly.

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