"Romulus, Moses, Oedipus"

Capitoline wolf suckles Romulus and Remus
Public DomainCapitoline wolf suckles Romulus and Remus
A casual selection of semi-mythical and mythical figures that Tomas thinks of while discussing his article about Oedipus -- which was partly responsible for his losing his job as a surgeon -- with the editor. He was reminded originally of Moses because Tereza had come into his life unexpectedly and unbidden, like baby Moses to Pharaoh’s daughter. Moses and Oedipus have already been mentioned several times (see Bookmarks for pages 6, 10, and 11 for Moses; pages 11 and 153 for Oedipus). 

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.