Mars, the god of war, fell in love with the Vestal Virgin, Silvia, and she gave birth to twin sons, Romulus and Remus. (For who can resist a God?) One brother, Romulus, founded Rome along the Tiber River. Remus, though nursed by the same she-wolf, would meet a bloody end by the hand of his own brother.
In the name of the Senate and the people of Rome.
groans beneath the Punic Curse
And strangles in the strings of purse
Before she mends must sicken worse.
Her living mouth shall breed blue flies
And maggots creep about her eyes
No man shall mark the day she dies.
Sibylline Curse from I, Claudius
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