Episode 2 – Immaculate Conception
Romulus and Remus are born, grow and help their grandfather Numitor to retake Albalonga’s throne. Afterwards, they found Rome.
Hello, this is Abel, speaking from Beijing, China.
Welcome to the Tale of Rome, Episode 2 — Immaculate Conception.
Last Week we saw how Aeneas managed to escape Troy, and how he finally settled on the western coast of Italy. And we saw how his son came to found a city named Albalonga.
Today we will see how his grand-grandchildren prepare the stage for us, so that we get to see how Rome as founded.
And to get there, today we’ve got it all.
Vultures bring messages from the gods.
An amazing saving of two babies floating in a basket along a river. We even have a woman conceiving children in a rather miraculous way, something that people in the western civilizations call an “Immaculate Conception.”
After Ascanius, the kingship was passed from father to son for many generations, until we got to the 13th generation, and the power came to rest upon the shoulders of a man called Numitor.
As Numitor became King of Albalonga, his brother Amulius watched, filled with jealousy and hatred.
Soon enough, Amulius decided to take the throne all to himself, and by lying to the people of Albalonga, and by using false rumors, Amulius managed to chase Numitor out of the city.
The sons of Numitor were killed without any mercy.
But Amulius decided to spare the life of Numitor’s daughter, a woman called Rhea Silvia, and instead of killing her, he ordered her to become a Vestal Virgin. By converting her into a Vestal, Amulius felt assured that she would not have any children, and there would be no threat to his own future generations.
A Vestal Virgin, as historians explain to us, spent her whole life dedicated to the service of the goddess Vesta, goddess of the home and the heart.
Vestals had to fulfill three conditions in order to be accepted in the temple of Vesta, where they would be in charge of keeping the divine flame on, for all eternities.
One: they had to be virgin.
Two: they had to come from a prominent family of the society.
Three: they had to be incredibly beautiful.