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Julius Caesar Descendant of Romulus and Aeneas

Last updated:2022-07-25

Romulus and Remus suckled by the she-wolf (painting by P.P. Rubens). Julius Caesar prided himself on being one of their descendants

Romulus and Remus, the twin brothers most famous in history, belonging to the noble ruling family of Alba Longa, they were considered children of Rea Silvia and Mars, god of war , and could therefore boast even Venus among their maternal ancestors and his son Aeneas.

Julius Caesar, that among the many qualities of him (and as many defects) he certainly could not include modesty, claimed to also descend from the rulers of Alba and for this reason he cultivated with particular care (and very interested) the legend of Aeneas and that of the mythical founder of Rome, whom he considered his ancestors.

In homage to them, the Roman general had numerous statues erected in the Forum by Augustus dedicated to them.