The end of Romulus’ life, the way the Romans describe it.
Hello, this is Abel, in Beijing, China. Welcome to my podcast.
The Tale of Rome, Episode 4 — Throne of Thunders.
Last week we saw how Romulus dealt with three top topics of the day: the army of Rome, the female population of Rome, and the Senate of Rome.
This week we will see the rest of his life and how his life ends, not an ounce less mythological than his whole life before.
But before we start, I would like to make something clear: Rome, the city on the Seven Hills, had Seven Kings.
From the year 753 BC until the year 509 BC, Rome had a grand total of Seven Kings. That means, those Seven Kings ruled Rome for 244 years.
Let’s see. Seven Kings – 244 years.
If I divide 244 by 7, I get 34.8, which means that each king must have ruled Rome for an average of 34 years and 9 months.
Even though this is not a physical impossibility, I can tell you something right away. In the course of human history, there has not been any empire, or state, or nation, or even a private company or entity that has been so blessed to rule for so long, and have only seven rulers.
The exceptional case of her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom, is by far one of the longest reigns in recent history, but this cannot be seen as the norm.
Yes, she has ruled since 1952 which means she held the crown for 65 years. But that will not be repeated two, three, or—let alone, seven times.
A little more on that in a bit, but first let’s go to the Latin Word of the Week.
A big thunder cracked down on them, and a great dust cloud rose up, all around the throne and around the people standing by Romulus.
But… When the cloud dissipated, Romulus was no longer seated on his throne.
According to the legend, the senators who were next to Romulus during the military exercise, searched everywhere, but never found the body of their king.
He was gone with a thunder while sitting on his throne!