#43 Saved By A Wolf


Media:  watercolor
Dimensions:  5″ X 4.5″

The twins Romulus and Remus, with the wolf that saved them.

This legend is part of my Italian culture: in Italy, mythological legends are commonly read to children as any other fable. They always fascinated me….

Romulus and Remus were sons of the king daughter Rhea Silvia and the god of war, Mars. The king, fearing that the boys would grow up to overthrow him, had them placed in a trough and thrown into the River Tiber. They were washed ashore under a fig tree. They were found by a she-wolf who, instead of killing them, looked after them and fed them with her milk. A woodpecker also brought them food, for the woodpecker, like the wolf, was sacred to Mars.
Romulus founded Roma (Rome), which he named after himself.

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