7) claims that the real figure behind the mythical wolf-mother of Romulus and Remus was (Acca) Larentia
, wife of the shepherd Faustulus and one-time prostitute.
The seated female figure, whom one of the twins suckles, might be identified as Larentia
, wife of the shepherd Faustulus, who reared the two boys, and who according to Livy gave rise to the myth of the she-wolf.
Tener fama, cura fluitantem alveum, quo expositi erant pueri, tenuis in sicco aqua destituisset, lupam sitientem ex montibus, qui circa sunta, ad puerilem vagitum cursum flexisse; eam summissas infantibu adeo reitera praebuisse maromas ut lingua lambentem pueros magister regii pecoris invenerit --Faustulo fuisse nomen ferunt: ab eo ad stabula Larentia
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38) At the beginning of his history of Rome (Ab Urbe Codita), Livy told how the she-wolf rescued the twins from the bank to which they had drifted when abandoned on the flooding Tiber, and how the farmer Faustulus, who found her nursing and licking the infants, took them home to be raised by his wife Larentia