Archaeologists in Rome have recently discovered an ancient shrine dedicated to Romulus, who was believed to be the mythical founder of the city. By Tanvi Jain

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The Lupercalia was an ancient three-day festival celebrated in Rome, which sacrifices were held in the Lupercal —the cave where Romulus and Remus were suckled by Lupa (the she wolf)— from February 13 to February 15, with the purpose to purify the city and advert evil spirits. The origins of this festival are traced back to Evander, the mythological hero who brought Greek culture to Latium, and the celebration of the Arcadian Lykaia, a wolf festival in honor to the Lycean Pan. The importance of this festival is related to the foundation of Rome as Romulus is consider the founder of this great city. Lupa Capitolina @museicapitolini #museicapitolini #capitolinemuseum #lupa #lupercalia #romulus #remus #roma #rome #italia #italy #romanfestival #visitrome #romagram #igerroma #igersroma #igersrome #sculpture #ancientrome #history #mythology #instaart #instatravel #instapic #museiitaliani #travel #travelmemories #onthisday #todayinhistory #micromacard

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The famous archaeological sites of Rome now have another addition to the list as archaeologists have recently discovered an ancient Roman shrine dedicated to the city’s mythical founder Romulus, believed to have underneath the site of the Roman Forum, a political hub in those days.  

As per the Colosseum Archaeological Park, the place which has been rediscovered after thousands of years could possibly belong to the sixth century BC. The cenotaph of Romulus, considered the first mythical King of Rome, has been set in the most ancient part of the city, and has been mentioned in the historical texts as well. 

The shrine, which was buried under the entrance of the Curia, once used to be the meeting place for Roman senators, but was later converted into a church, in order to save it from being dismantled.  

The Colosseum Archaeological Park has described the chamber as Romulus’ tomb. On the inside, it’s home to treasures like a tuff, around 1.4-metres-long sarcophagus, and something believed to be an altar 

Rome’s Mayor Virginia Raggi also tweeted saying, “It amazes us with its treasures. Inside the Roman Forum new exciting archaeological discovery: a hypogeum with a tuff sarcophagus from the 6th century BC. Thanks to a team of scholars who conducted the research.” 

Romulus is said to have set out an area around Palatine Hill to mark the city’s boundary. As per the Roman mythology, it is believed that Romulus and Remus’ grand-uncle Amulius had displaced their grandfather — King Numitor of Alba Longa. But seeing the twins as threat to this throne, Amulius ordered his servants to throw them in River Tiber. However, the servants left them on the riverbank where they were found and raised by a wolf. They were later adopted by a shepherd, and grew up to join forces with their grandfather in order to overthrow Amulius and restore him to the throneHowever, after finding Rome in 735 BC, Romulus killed his brother in fight over the location of the newfound city. 

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