Wednesday, November 21, 2007


The underground grotto which was believed to have been the place where a wolf nursed the city's founder Romulus and his twin brother Remus, sons of the God of war, Mars, was unveiled by Italian archaeologists yesterday. The vaulted sanctuary lies buried over 50 feet deep inside the Palatine hill, which is the palatial center of power in imperial Rome. Fearing that the delicate grotto, which is already partially caved-in, wouldn't survive a full-scale dig, experts have been probing the space using laser scanners for the past 2 years. It is believed that thanks to the wolf, the twins survived, with Romulus going on to found the city, becoming its first king after killing his brother Remus in a power struggle.

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