April 21st 753 BC: Romulus and Remus founded Rome
Today is the traditional date given for the founding of Rome by brothers Romulus and Remus supposedly fathered by a god, who were suckled by a she-wolf until being adopted by humans. They are generally considered mythological. The year of Rome’s founding varies between 758 and 728 BC, but most accounts put the event around 753. As Romulus and Remus grew up, they discovered their true identity and decided to establish a city. The quarrels over where the city would be led to Romulus killing his brother. Romulus founded the city supposedly on Palatine Hill and named it ‘Rome’ after himself. Rome, under Romulus’s leadership, quickly grew in size and population, eventually becoming the most powerful city of the Ancient world. Romans celebrated the founding of their city every April 21st in the festival of Parilia.