Mattei sarcophagus

Mattei sarcophagus

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Caption: Roman sarcophagus (circa 220 AD) illustrating Livy's account of the mythological history of the foundation of the city of Rome where the Vestal Virgin Rhea Sylvia claimed she was was raped by the god Mars resulting in the conception of the twins Romulus and Remus. It shows Rhea Sylvia being put to sleep by the god of sleep, Somnus.

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Keywords: foundation, god, gods, mars, myth, mythology, rape, remus, rhea sivia, roman, rome, romulus, sarcophagus, sleep, sleeping potion, somnus, twins, vestal virgin

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