Rhea Silvia


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Rhea Silvia:

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, in Roman legend, founder of Rome. When Amulius usurped the throne of his brother Numitor, king of Alba Longa, he forced Numitor's daughter, Rhea Silvia, to become a vestal virgin so that she would bear no children.
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The idea of 'foundation' is satisfied by the presence of Tibernius or the River Tiber--married to Rhea Silvia in the afterlife--whose oar or rudder, in this instance, might serve to represent good government, a common metaphor employed in classical literature, including Plutarch.
Amulius forced Numitor's daughter Rhea Silvia to become a Vestal Virgin, so that she would bear no children to challenge him.
Traditionally, they were the sons of Rhea Silvia, daughter of Numitor, king of Alba Longa.