Romulus was one of two brothers who are regarded as the traditional founders of Rome. One myth has a servant disobeying an order from the infant twins’ uncle to put them to death, and he instead places them in a basket that carries them downstream on the Tiber River (somewhat similar to the story of Moses in the bulrush basket). According to tradition, Romulus and Remus were twin sons who argued about where to locate the city, and during the dispute Romulus killed his brother.
Some historians have argued for the historical reality of Romulus, the first King of Rome. This bronze statue of the Capitoline Wolf, who in the myth was supposed to have suckled the twins after they were abandoned, dates from the 13th century, although the infants were added in the 15th century.