romulus and remus

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Romulus and Remus [(rom-yuh-luhs; ree-muhs)]

In Roman legend, twin brothers who were raised by a she-wolf and founded the city of Rome. They came from a city founded by the son of Aeneas. During the construction of Rome, Romulus became incensed at Remus and killed him. The Romans later made Romulus into a god.

Note: Rome is named for Romulus.
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