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Posted on Nov 21, 2007
Romulus and Remus

Salve, mater!  The newly discovered cave is believed to be the place where a generous she-wolf nursed baby Romulus and Remus before they went on to found Rome.

The revered myth holds that Rome was founded by the twins Romulus and Remus, rescued and raised as infants by a she-wolf.  Now, scientists say they have discovered an ornate cave that ancient Romans believed to be the wolf’s lair.

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By ender, November 28, 2007 at 5:23 am Link to this comment - 64k

Like most myths, a word similarity and active imagination change commonplace occurances into magical moments.

Sort of like the word of mouth stories of a radical Jewish Rabbi who became divine, of virgin birth, and a zombie after a few hundred years of gossip.

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By Douglas Chalmers, November 27, 2007 at 3:21 pm Link to this comment

#116223 by ender on 11/27 at 6:49 am: “Do a Latin dictionary lookup for wolf…most likely, lupus, then look up prostitute….lupo….”

More like LYCANTHROPOS, ender, uhh! A werewolf by another name…...

“And so, the Dark and Light Crystals were scattered across Alora. The Light eventually became one with the planet, while the dark were scattered far and wide, hidden beacons that drew in all things evil to them.. a legacy forgotten….” Radnaz Lycanthropos.

“In the beginning, the universe did not exist. There were two realms, planes of magical energy, and these were all that existed. One, the Realm of Chaos, never became more because it changed too often. Nothing can be built if it ceases to exist almost immediately. The other, the Realm of Order, never progressed because nothing changed. Everything remained the same, in the exact same pattern it was always in….”

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By ender, November 27, 2007 at 7:49 am Link to this comment

Do a Latin dictionary lookup for wolf…most likely, lupus, then look up prostitute….lupo. 

The most commonly accepted theory is that Romulus and Remus were the child of a PROSTITUTE, who virtually raised themselves, were mistreated gutterswipe kids with bad attitudes that came into power by being the meanest kids on the block, that played the dirtiest.

Now that sounds like the beginnings of western civilization!

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By Bill B -Wolf, November 26, 2007 at 7:04 pm Link to this comment
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Bill,  I like the notion about the Founding of Rome and I like your take on the natural order. Most of us are raised to tune-out natural cues and, rather, resolve problems based on status enhancement. Your wolf will be listening in the night long after humans have been served with their eviction notice.

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By Dr. Knowitall, PhD, PhD, November 25, 2007 at 4:20 pm Link to this comment

It couldn’t be just a CAVE; it had to be an ORNATE CAVE!!!

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By Dr. Knowitall, PhD, PhD, November 25, 2007 at 4:18 pm Link to this comment

The world would be a far different place were it not for caves.

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By Bill Blackolive, November 25, 2007 at 9:55 am Link to this comment
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P.S. The wolf is the only animal known to have adopted human babies.

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By Bill Blackolive, November 25, 2007 at 9:49 am Link to this comment
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In DNA wolves are less related to homosapien than are apes, but there is a larger link in soul than there is in apes.  An orphaned baby chimp can starve inside its own group.  But all wolves love puppies and will feed and nurture any orphaned pups.  In Schizoid Nation, where humans fear their own needs and lose touch with their needs, wolves are given a name of killer.  Humans have only lately been in city states with the rulers/priests/barracks soldiers, ten or twenty thousand years this time round, growing crops and domesticating animals, twenty thousand years of two hundred thousand years veritable homosapien, same critter exactly on the sidewalks of New York right now, might be four feet tall or seven feet tall but has the same brain, but in this period our domesticated walking pieces of meat, cow, sheep, wolves will eat them when their own territories of game are squeezed, and now the human fears this animal whose kills the earliest humans scavanged.  We scavanged their kills, we developed better weapons and they scavanged our kills.  They were good to sound alarm and we threw them bones.  We too fed their puppies.  All this is gone and we have this generally much weaker and less intelligent offspring, the dawg, which we expect to obey and be dependant on us.  We have gone out of cosmic harmony, for the moment.  Most of us believe what our rulers and priests tell us, rather than what we see.  All the while, no beast has man’s fascination as does the wolf.

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By eso, November 25, 2007 at 6:40 am Link to this comment
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The Vatican and the Egyptian culture minister should get together for a sing-along. The Vatican site looks like something out of a Byzantine chapel, which could prove that Constantinople was Rome before Rome was. The discovery has nothing to do with Romulus or Remus. We also know that those little secret shafts in the pyramids were made of concrete, something that points to these objects having been built in the middle ages rather 4000 BCE. Which all goes to say that we live in fictional times.

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By Scott, November 22, 2007 at 3:22 pm Link to this comment

Somethings screwy then, because when wolves turn into dogs we should be seeing see more docile, friendly behaviour than we have.

I bet what really happened is that an otherwise good story about a wolf and two human cubs was co-opted by weasels who then turned into…politicians.

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By anonymous, November 22, 2007 at 6:03 am Link to this comment
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the wolves did a better job than barbara

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By Douglas Chalmers, November 21, 2007 at 11:32 pm Link to this comment

And then the Romans became as wolves - devouring all in their path…...... or, maybe there were just really a pack of dogs, uhhh!

Strange that the Americans so wanted to emulate them. An eagle for a national insignia ....and all those ugly bulidings in Washington (Roman architecture).

Now the USA also devours everything in its path. Afghanistan, Iraq…... maybe also Iran, Syria, Pakistan…...

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By Paracelsus, November 21, 2007 at 9:50 pm Link to this comment

We are inheritors of a political system that was founded by men who were raised by wolves. In other words psychopaths have originated the laws and politics of the European world.

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