The story of Romulus is history and myth, myth and legend. The people and events may, or may not, have happened. Romulus may or may not have existed-as he has been depicted, or as perhaps a different person altogether.

Two things are very clear from the stories we have.

We can picture and understand the geography of the land in which Rome was established-the hills, the rivers, the plains, even the towns. The geography includes the Tiber River and its tributary the Anio, the seven-plus hills including the Palatine and the Capitoline, the plains including the Campus Martius, the nearby towns- some of which still exist, at least to archaeology-of Gabii, Caenina, Veii, Antemnae, Cures.

We can appreciate the politics of the people in the region. The politics of attempted alliances, seeking justice for grievances, tolerating a ruling partner, setting forth laws, waging war or organizing peace.

Geography and Politics, often interwoven-two elements of our 21st century world that bind us closely together with the Land of Romulus. Future posts will share some research and some ideas on these subjects as they relate to the Founding of Rome.