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Remus, Romulus and Mars
In Response To: Myth, Akhenaten and goats ()

As far as the founding of Rome, the mythologyzing of it is strange in that it occurred so relatively late. It was in fact a memory of the rise of the Ramses line in Egypt as discussed previously here:

"Taharqa is both the last king and tyrant of Rome (before the days of the Republic) and also an actor in the Trojan drama. Recognizing this, the identities of the kings of Rome can be solved more or less by inspection. Remus and Romulus, the twins sons of Silvia Rhea by the god Mars, are Horemheb and Ramses I, respectively. Ramses I attacked Horemheb and took the throne, which he believed was rightfully his by treaty, but reneged upon by Aye and Horemheb. The legend of Romulus may also incorporate the reign of Seti I. Interestingly, Plutarch compared the lives of Romulus and Theseus (Seti).

"The next Roman king of note was the peace-keeper Numa Pompilius, a.k.a., the Greek Peleus and Ramses the Great.
He is followed by the 36-year reign of Tullus Hostilius, a.k.a. the Greek Silos/Penthilos/Menelaus and Egyptian pharaoh Piye (Sargon), who also reigned for a total of 36 years. Hostilius likely derived from the Libyan militant pharaonic name Sheshonq (akin to Hebrew Joshua/Hoshea) associated with Piye.

"After him comes the 25-year rule of Ancus Marcius, a.k.a., the Greek Alcmaeon and Egyptian Menkheperre/Khaliut/Prince Har (Sennacherib), who ruled for 25 years as a deified High Priest of Amun (Biblical Hilkiah).

"Finally we have the kings Tarquin the Elder, Servius Tullius, and Tarquin the Proud. There was only one king Taharqa, therefore his career was divided in two in Roman memory. The second Tarquin might also incorporate the rule of Tanuatamon (Peisistratos son of Peisistratos). Servius Tullius is the usurper Darius.
Following the tyrants are a collection of Roman folk heroes. They are in fact not unique persons, but alternate memories of the tyrants as establishers of the Republic. Brutus is Pallas (Nebuchadrezzar/Bardiya). Valerius Poplicola is Ancus Marcius (Sennacherib/Nabopollasar). Horatius Cocles is Turnus (Tanuatamon/Cambyses II). Coriolanus is Numenus Remulus (Assurbanipal). Titus Quinctius/Capitolinus Barbatus is Telemachus (Cyrus II). Lucius Quinctius/Cincinnatus is Ascanius (Darius). Appius Claudius is therefore likely the same as the consul Attus Clausus, or at least a contemporary. The Aeneid also makes Clausus, forebear of the famous Roman Claudii clan, a contemporary of Aeneas and Ascanius, and a leading general in the conflict."

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