Lead: Legends blend with facts in the story of the founding of Rome. At times, the political motives behind the legends are as charming as they are mysterious.

Intro.: A Moment in Time with Dan Roberts.

Content: It was said that the twin founders of the City of Rome, Romulus and Remus, began life as the victims of a palace coup in the mythical central Italian kingdom of Alva. Set adrift on the Tiber by their wicked uncle Amulius they miraculously survived. As befit the off-spring of Mars, they became great warriors, avenged themselves on Amulius, restored their grandfather to his rightful place as King and set out to found a city at the place of their rescue. The two brothers may have quarreled or there may have been a neighborhood brawl, but somehow Remus was killed, and Romulus founded the village that became the future city of Rome on April 21, 753 BCE.

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