Kings Of Rome
Romulus The First King Of Rome
Romulus founded Rome in 753. He realized he would need to organize laws and order in Rome. First he organized 12 “lictors” to be his bodyguards. To help grow the city, Romulus, offered residence to any freeman or slave who wanted a new place live.
To maintain order, Romulus also organized the Senate to rule over the people who had joined him.Romulus is greatly remembered for being the founder and the First King of Rome. He organized the first law and order system in Rome. From 753 BC to 509 BC the Senate served the dishes of the king, until the Republic was established.
Numa Pompilius The Second King Of Rome
A year after Romulus there was no king in Rome. The city was ruled by the senate, but the people preferred to be ruled by one man. They decided to leave the choice to the Senate, they chose Numa Pomilius. Numa was probably one of the best kings that Rome ever had. During all of his reign, he never once was in a war and he didn’t have enemies.
Numa made many important changes at the very beginning of his rule. He divided some of the public lands into small farms and gave one of those farmers to every poor Roman. It was hard at first because most of the newbie farmers were soldiers who didn’t have much knowledge on farming. Numa was a very good king, he was friendly with his people and the other countries surrounding Rome. He helped them in times of trouble and wouldn’t listen to any talk of war.
Numa married a woman named Egeria. She lived just outside the wall of Rome, some people thought she was a Goddess or a fairy. Egeria taught him a lot of the magic that she knew.
Tullus Hostillus Third King
After the death of Numa the elected Tullus Hostillus, he was more warlike than Romulus. He believed that Rome had grown weak under Numa. The first war he fought against Alba Longa. Each army had a set of triplets.
Both people of the town were descendants of Aeneas Trogan, because of this it was decided that these brothers should fight as champions. The Hortaill Brothers fought for the Roman side and against them stood the home city of the losing side would be destroyed. In the battle all three of the Curiatii were wounded and two Hortli were killed.
The one remaining Hortli was left to fight the three Curiatii. While he was the only one not wounded he couldn’t fight all three of them at once. So he turned and ran. They all ran after him. The first brother was only slightly wounded and he was able to keep up, while the second brother was more severely wounded and the third completely fell behind. Once Hortli had all the brothers spread out, he turned and killed the first brother he moved on to kill the second, then to the third. Hortli claimed that he killed the first two brothers to avenge his, then he would kill the third for Rome.
Alba Lounga was now under Rome’s rule, the people were very upset. King Mettius talked about regaining their freedom through nefarious means. They encouraged the nearby town of Veii to attack Rome. Hinting that they would betray their supposed allies in battle.
But during the battle Mettius wasn’t brave enough to betray the Romans or help them. So they retreated to a hillside to see who won.
Rome won, and Mettius and his army came down to congratulate Hostilis on his win. Hostilis wasn’t stupid. So to prevent any more disloyalty to him and Rome he made the people of Alba Longa move to Rome and join its people. He had a terrible punishment for Mettis.
His mind was divided between Rome and Veii and now his body would also be divided. His legs were tied to two four horse chariots then subsequently his body ripped apart.
A meteor shower struck Rome not long after a plague also hit Rome. Everyone blamed Hostilis for focussing more on war than worshiping the gods. He didn’t believe it until he got the plague himself. He brought out all the religion manuals of Numa.
While performing a secret ritual to Jupiter he made a mistake, out of anger Jupiter struck him down with a thunderbolt.