Founding Rome

Royal Roman ruins go back to age of myth

Newfound palace dates back to city’s legendary origin

ROME – 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 the time frame for 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.

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By coincidence, tomorrow is the Quirinalia, a Roman festival honoring Quirinus, a Sabine god who came to be identified with Romulus.

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