Friday, September 18, 2009

Ancient Egyptians
told many stories about their Gods and about the world around them..Dan dulu fa pnah cite ttg bagaimana moon waxes and wanes..Now..fa nk bekongsi another story from the ROMANS..

This story explains how the city was founded and why it was called “ROME”.
Long ago..a wicked king called Amulius ruled over the city of Alba Longa. He had stolen the throne from his elder brother, Numitor..who fled to the hills and hid among the shepherds and herdsmen. Amulius killed Numitor’s two sons and forced Numitor’s daughter to become a priestess(paderi perempuan). That way, she would never marry and have children who might take revenge on Amulius (jahatnye....)

Nevertheless, one day..Amulius was furious to hear that his niece had given birth to twin boys. She claimed that their father was Mars, the God of War, who had visited her one night in a dream.

Amulius did not believe her and ordered the two boys to be drowned. His servants set the babies afloat on the River Tiber in a reed basket. They drifted toward the Palatine Hill and finally came to rest under a fig tree(pokok ara). A she-wolf came across the babies, attracted by ther crying . Instead of killing and eating them, she looked after the boys, feeding them with her own milk.
(possible?? just continue reading..)

Soon old shepherd called Faustulus was watching his flock when his noticed the fresh tracks of a wolf. Taking his spear, he set off to find the animal and kill it. To his amazement, he found the baby boys, along with the she-wolf, who was licking them clean with her tongue.

Faustulus took the babies home with him and showed them to his wife, Laurentia. The old shepherd and his wife had no children of their own, although ther had always longed for some. So the couple decided they would bring up the boys themselves, and named them ROMULUS and REMUS.

The twins grew up among the shepherds and herdsmen of the hills by the river Tiber. As they got older, they showed by their strength and cleverness that they were born leaders. The other boys all respected and looked up to them.

One day.. a quarrel broke out between the twins and some herdsmen looking after the flocks belonging to Numitor. The herdsmen accused the twins of stealing cattle. There was a fight and the scuffle, REMUS was taken prisoner.

Numitor was puzzled when he met REMUS. Something was strangely familiar about him. When REMUS told Numitor his age and that he had a twin brother, the old man realized that he was talking to his own grandson! He was overjoyed. He told the twins who they really were, and how his wicked brother had wanted them dead.

ROMULUS and REMUS agreed to help their grandfather get back the throne of Alba Longa. They led their fellow shepherds to the city and made a surprise attack on Amulius, killing him in his palace.

Numitor was then welcomed back by the people of Alba Longa as the rightful king. The twins were now princes in Alba Longa. But they were not happy there. They missed the hills on the River Tiber, where they had grown up. Eventually, the decided to go back there to found a city of their own.

Once they had reached the Tiber, the twins began to argue about where the city should be built. REMUS said it should be on the Aventine Hill, but ROMULUS said ther should choose the Palatine Hill, where they had been found by the she-wolf.

At last..the brothers decided to ask the Gods to settle the question. Each of them stood on the hill he favoured and watched the sky for birds, signs from the Gods. Soon a group of vultures began to circle, high up on the air. Six of them flew over REMUS, who shouted, “Look! The Gods have chosen me!”

But then twelve of the vultures flew over ROMULUS. ROMULUS began to mark out the boundary line of his city, and his followers started digging a deep trench.

REMUS watched with growing anger. He began to shout insults at his brother’s taunts, but when REMUS and his follewers started to jump over the boundary line, ROMULUS lost his temper. A fight broke put with picks anh shovels. Remus was killed.

Instead of showing sadness at his brother’s death, ROMULUS just said grimly,” That’s what will happen to anyone who tries to jump over my city walls!” The new city was given the name ROME, in honour of ROMULUS. He proved to be a wise king, and ruled over his people for thirty-eight years.

One day..while KING ROMULUS was watching his soldiers parade on the Field of Mars, there was sudden thunderstorm. A thick black cloud wrapped itself around him and , in a flash of lightning, he disappeared. The Romans said that their founder had gone to join his father Mars,up in the heavens.

=) love this kind of story..


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