"But you would do well to remember the fate of Romulus, who was murdered in his turn by his own senators, who cut up his body and carried the mangled pieces back to their homes!"

The Temple of Romulus
Creative Commons Attribution Share AlikeThe Temple of Romulus - Credit: nafmo at Flickr
 Romulus was the legendary founder of the city of Rome. Once a good king, who expanded Rome’s territory and listened to the senate’s advice, he began to display more and more features of an autocratic ruler. According to the Roman historian Cassius Dio, he was torn apart by the senators in the senate-house itself. A storm hid this act from his soldiers and the people.