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The Romans have had almost every type of government there is. They’ve had a
kingdom, a republic, a dictatorship, and an empire. Their democracy would be the basis
for most modern democracies. The people have always been involved with and loved their
government, no matter what kind it was. They loved being involved in the government,
and making decisions concerning everyone. In general, the Romans were very
power-hungry. This might be explained by the myth that they aredescended from
Romulus, who’s father was Mars, the god of war. Their government loving tendencies
have caused many, many civil wars. After any type of government, the change has been
made with a civil war. There have also been many civil wars between rulers. But it all boils
down to wanting to be involved in government. When the Greeks finally entered Troy
after ten long years of siege, a man named Aeneas escaped the city with his father,
Anchises, and his son, Ascanius. They went to Mt. Ida, where they were to meet Aeneas’
wife, Creusa, but she never showed up. Saddened, Aeneas acquired a boat and sailed
around the Mediterranean. He bounced around from Asia Minor to Greece to Crete
looking for a place to found a new Troy, but he couldn’t find a satisfactory place. As told
by Homer in the Aeneid, Aeneas was cared for by the gods. Venus, in particular, was very
worried about him. She asked Jupiter, king of the gods abouthim, and he said this: “Since
you are so consumed with anxiety for Aeneas, I shall turn forward far The hidden pages of
fate and speak of the future. He shall conduct a great campaign for you And conquer all
Italy and its haughty peoples. He shall impose laws on his own people And build walled
cities for them; the third summer Shall see him rule in Latium, the third winter Of warfare
see the Rutulians an Italian tribe subdued. But his son Ascanius… It is he who shall
consolidate your power- For thirty years with all their turning months; Then shall he move
his capital from Lavinium To Alba Longa, which he shall fortify To the uttermost; and
there a line of kings… Shall reign and reign till Ilia Rhea Silvia, a priestess Of royal
blood, bear twins begotten by Mars; And one of these, Romulus, fostered by a she-wolf,
And joyfully wearing her tawny hide, shall rule And found a city for Mars, a new city, And
call his people Romans, after his name. For them I see no measure nor date, I grant them
Dominion without end. Yes, even Juno… Even she will mend her ways and vie with me In
cherishing the Romans, the master-race, The wearers of the Toga. So it is willed.”(Nardo
13) Finally, he wound up at the mouth of the Tiber River in Italy. He went inland up the
river, which was a miracle in itself, because the river is very swift. He found Latium, ruled
by King Latinus, and married his daughter, Lavinia. With King Latinus’ permission,
Aeneas and Lavinia founded a city called Lavinium, where they ruled side by side for many
years. When Aeneas died, his son Ascanius took over. Ascanius founded a new city, which
he called Alba Longa, and made it his capital. Now we advance four centuries. The king of
Alba Longa is Numitor. He had a jealous brother named Amulius, who seized the throne
and drove out Numitor. To prevent Numitor’s daughter, Rhea Silvia, from having children
who could claim the throne, Amulius made her a celibate priestess. While she was a
priestess, Mars, the god of war, came and visited her and she had twin boys named Remus
and Romulus (Burrell 7). When Amulius found out about the twins, he was furious. He
ordered Rhea imprisoned and the boys drowned on the Tiber. The slave who was ordered
to drown them felt pity for them, and instead sent them down the river in a basket. When
they landed, a she-wolf found them and nursed them because her cubs had just been killed
and she was still fertile. Romulus and Remus were found by a shepherd named Faustulus,
who took them home to his wife to raise them. As they grew up, being sons of Mars, they
turned out to be very athletic and natural leaders, especially of the local boys. When the
boys grew up, they heard the story of Numitor and Amulius. With their local friends,

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