On this day in history… 753 BC
According to HISTORY.COM, on April 21, 753 B.C., Romulus and his twin brother, Remus, founded Rome on the site where they were suckled by a she-wolf as orphaned infants. Actually, the Romulus and Remus myth originated sometime in the fourth century B.C., and the exact date of Rome’s founding was set by the Roman scholar Marcus Terentius Varro in the first century B.C.
That’s one of the myths about the founding of Rome. The truth is far more elusive, however, and much more interesting. Rome was actually founded at least four centures earlier by the survivors of the siege of Troy.
How do I know that?
Because I was there. I was one of the survivors of the siege of Troy, according to an ancient Egyptian spirit who ascended over 3,500 years ago. In a fascinating channeling session on Dec 16, 2011, this sage who has access to Akashic Records told me that I was back then incarnated as Heranus, a warrior-priest in Troy, who fought Achilles to a draw. But the main purpose of the duel was to find out what Achilles’ weakness was (his heel).
I had previously learned that I had been a Troy warrior who fought with Hector, the son of King Priam. And then when Hector was killed by Achilles, I had snuck out of Troy secretly, during the night, with King Priam to retrieve Hector’s body and bring it back to Troy for a proper burial.
Let’s pick up now that Dec 16, 2011 conversation with the Egyptian spirit (let’s call him AR – reverse from Egyptian God RA) from this point on:
AR: I believe the Roman poet Virgil wrote the history of Troy. And he spoke of that, amid some of the Trojans who entered… some of the priestly cast did not want to take in the… the Trojan Horse into the walls. So some members of Troy had forebodings. Do you understand?
AR: Now, under the walls of Troy, there were a number of passages that lead to a system of caverns. Do you understand?
AR: Some of them had made preparations that, as the Greeks began to burn the city, they were able to leave. And the Roman poet said that they later became some of the founders of Rome.
BOB: Huh. I didn’t know that. Interesting.
AR: You were among some those who escaped through those caverns. You were a member of the priestly cast.
BOB: I was a member of the priestly cast?
AR: A warrior-priest. There had been an attempt to find out the source of Achilles’ power of recovery. As a member of the priestly cast, by engaging him, was an attempt to find out the source of his vulnerabilities.
BOB: So did I fight Achilles?
BOB: And what happened?
AR: You were wounded, but you survived. But you were one of those who noticed the vulnerability of his heel.
BOB: Oh, really. Aha… Hm. And what did we do about that?
AR: Eventually, that is how he fell.
BOB: I understand that. But eventually, did I share that information with others?
AR: You did.
BOB: Aha. How interesting… And then what happened after we escaped from Troy? We went to where today’s Rome is?
AR: Eventually, you were taken in by the so-called Tuscans. The Tuscans were trading partners with Troy.
BOB: Oh, that’s what you mean. Yes, yes. I see.
AR: However, hm… the Trojans always kept their own culture and identity even among the Tuscans. Eventually, they became the tribe known as the Romans.
BOB: So THAT then what connects me to Florence! Oh, my God… Florence is one of the favorite places I have ever been to.
AR: That is interesting, isn’t it?
RESEARCH NOTE: The Aeneid /əˈniːɪd/; Latin: Aeneis [ajˈneːis]—the title is Greek in form: genitive case Aeneidos) is a Latin epic poem, written by Virgil between 29 and 19 BC, that tells the legendary story of Aeneas, a Trojan who travelled to Italy, where he became the ancestor of the Romans. The hero Aeneas was already known to Greco-Roman legend and myth, having been a character in the Iliad, composed in the 8th century BC. Virgil took the disconnected tales of Aeneas’ wanderings, his vague association with the foundation of Rome and a personage of no fixed characteristics other than a scrupulous piety, and fashioned this into a compelling founding myth or nationalist epic that at once tied Rome to the legends of Troy, glorified traditional Roman virtues and legitimized the Julio-Claudian dynasty as descendants of the founders, heroes and gods of Rome and Troy.
As it turns out, HISTORY.COM also refers to this, but calls Trojan Aeneas a “mythical” figure:
Another Roman foundation legend, which has its origins in ancient Greece, tells of how the mythical Trojan Aeneas founded Lavinium and started a dynasty that would lead to the birth of Romulus and Remus several centuries later. In the Iliad, an epic Greek poem probably composed by Homer in the eighth century B.C., Aeneas was the only major Trojan hero to survive the Greek destruction of Troy. A passage told of how he and his descendants would rule the Trojans, but since there was no record of any such dynasty in Troy, Greek scholars proposed that Aeneas and his followers relocated.
In the fifth century B.C., a few Greek historians speculated that Aeneas settled at Rome, which was then still a small city-state. In the fourth century B.C., Rome began to expand within the Italian peninsula, and Romans, coming into greater contact with the Greeks, embraced the suggestion that Aeneas had a role in the foundation of their great city. In the first century B.C., the Roman poet Virgil developed the Aeneas myth in his epic poem the Aeneid, which told of Aeneas’ journey to Rome. Augustus, the first Roman emperor and emperor during Virgil’s time, and Julius Caesar, his great-uncle and predecessor as Roman ruler, were said to be descended from Aeneas.
So there you have it. Take your pick of history. Was Rome founded on this day in 753 BC? Or perhaps four centuries earlier, in the 12th century BC?