The “life” of Romulus has such striking similarities to the “life” of Jesus that it makes it extremely difficult to believe that the Roman Catholic Church didn’t just create a savior and religion for its own personal gain.
I mean, Christianity didn’t even become a major religion until the reign of Constantine (306-337 CE) where it was stuffed down people’s throats in the Dark Ages, Crusades and Spanish Inquisition. You had to bow down to the Church and claim Jesus as your lord and savior or possibly face imprisonment or death. You weren’t allowed to speak out against the Church at all. It was a true spiritual prison of the mind and soul.
Jesus and Romulus could have been brothers due to the similarities of the lives they “lived”. Of course, there are major issues with believing they ever existed (definitely not the Jesus of the Gospels), but it really helps you make the leap on how the Church created the Jesus character once you see their very obvious connections. Clearly, the Church borrowed from the tales and stories of the other gods of the Roman Empire, Egyptian, Celtic sources, as well as the religions of Hinduism and Buddhism to create Jesus. There is just no other way to reconcile the similarities they all share. And don’t give me that nonsense of “Jesus was just the fulfilling of those ancient myths. He came to make the similarities real! My white-skinned, Palestinian, virgin-born godman is real; your god is a fake”. Fundamentalists will go to any lengths to refute actual history just to be able to sleep at night.
Here is a brief look at the myth of Romulus:
Romulus and Remus
Romulus and Remus, his twin brother, were the sons of Rhea Silvia, herself the daughter of Numitor, the former king of Alba Longa. Through them, the twins are descended from the Trojan hero Aeneas and Latinus, the mythical founder of the kingdom of Latium.
Before the twins’ birth, Numitor had been usurped by his brother, Amulius. After seizing the throne, Amulius murdered Numitor’s son and condemned Rhea to perpetual virginity by consecrating her a Vestal. Rhea, however, became pregnant, ostensibly by the god Mars. Amulius had her imprisoned, and upon the twins’ birth, ordered that they be thrown into the rain-swollen Tiber. Instead of carrying out the king’s orders, his servants left the twins along the riverbank at the foot of Palatine Hill.
In the traditional telling of the legend, a she-wolf happened upon the twins, who were at the foot of a fig tree. She suckled and tended them by a cave until they were found by the herdsman Faustulus and his wife, Acca Larentia. The brothers grew to manhood among the shepherds and hill-folk.
After becoming involved in a conflict between the followers of Amulius and those of their grandfather Numitor, they learned the truth of their origin. They overthrew and killed Amulius and restored Numitor to the throne. The princes set out to establish a city of their own. They returned to the hills overlooking the Tiber, the site where they had been exposed as infants. They could not agree on which hill should house the new city. When an omen to resolve the controversy failed to provide a clear indication, the conflict escalated and Remus was killed by his brother or by his brother’s follower. In a variant of the legend, the augurs favored Romulus, who proceeded to plow a square furrow around the Palatine Hill to demarcate the walls of the future city. When Remus derisively leaped over the “walls” to show how inadequate they were against invaders, he was struck down by Romulus in anger. In another variant, Remus died during a melée, along with Faustulus.
Additionally, Rome itself was named after Romulus, who initially named it “Roma”. The name eventually evolved into “Rome”.
But what is truly revealing are the similarities to Jesus. Let’s take a look.
- Both were “born of a virgin”:
Tarchetius, king of the Albans, who was most lawless and cruel, was visited with a strange phantom in his house, namely, a phallus rising out of the hearth and remaining there many days. 4 Now there was an oracle of Tethys in Tuscany, from which there was brought to Tarchetius a response that a virgin must have intercourse with this phantom, and she should bear a son most illustrious for his valour, and of surpassing good fortune and strength. Tarchetius, accordingly, told the prophecy to one of his daughters, and bade her consort with the phantom; but she disdained to do so, and sent a handmaid in to it. 5 When Tarchetius learned of this, he was wroth, and seized both the maidens, purposing to put them to death. But the goddess Hestia appeared to him in his sleep and forbade him the murder. He therefore imposed upon the maidens the weaving of a certain web in their imprisonment, assuring them that when they had finished the weaving of it, they should then be given in marriage. By day, then, these maidens wove, but by night other maidens, at the command of Tarchetius, unravelled their web. And when the handmaid became the mother of twin children by the phantom, Tarchetius gave them to a certain Teratius with orders to destroy them.
King Tarchetius received a prophecy from an oracle that a very special child would be born of a virgin. The Virgin Mary was visited by an “Angel of the Lord” and told that she would bear a very special child.
- Both stories involve a king that attempts to have the child killed. For Romulus, it’s King Tarchetius ordering that the twins be thrown into the Tiber River. For Jesus, it was King Herod that ordered the killing of every male child two years or younger.
- Both descended from Heaven to become mortal and die, as well as establish some sort of kingdom on earth. For Romulus, it was the Roman Empire. For Jesus, it was the kingdom of God.
- At both of their deaths, there just happened to be some form of unusual darkness. Mark 15-33 KJV
- Both were killed as the result of a government conspiracy. For Romulus, it was the Roman Senate. For Jesus, it was by the Roman and Jewish authorities.
- Both of their dead bodies disappeared and couldn’t be found when looked for. Jesus and the empty tomb, etc.
- After their “resurrection”, both appeared to one of their followers on a road. For Romulus, it was Proculus on the road to Alba Longa. For Jesus, it was Cleopas on the road to Emmaus. And get this, both roads were 14 miles long.
- After their resurrections, both “appeared” around the break of dawn.
- Both ascended to Heaven. Luke 24-51 KJV & Acts 1 9-11 KJV
- Both were called “Father, King, God & Son of God”.
- People freaked out and ran away when they couldn’t find their bodies after their deaths. Mark 16-8 KJV
Most of the information above on Romulus comes from the works of Plutarch.
Plutarch (/ˈpluːtɑːrk/; Greek: Πλούταρχος, Ploútarkhos, Koine Greek: [ˈplutarkʰos]; c. AD 46 – c. 120), later named, upon becoming a Roman citizen, Lucius Mestrius Plutarchus, (Λούκιος Μέστριος Πλούταρχος) was a Greek biographer and essayist, known primarily for his Parallel Lives and Moralia.
One interesting tidbit of information that has bothered proponents of a historical Jesus is the fact that Plutarch never ever wrote anything about Jesus, nothing. His book Parallel Lives is definitely worth a look. No mention of Jesus there. He lived in an area of one of the most successful groups and churches determined to bring this new religion to the Greek and Roman Empire. He was born 45 CE, just about a decade after the supposed crucifixion. His philosophy was Pythagorean in nature and was so similar to the lifestyle and doctrine of who Jesus and his disciples were supposed to be. I mean, he was famous in his own lifetime for writing biographies and histories of people whose lives impacted the Roman Empire and the surrounding world. He would have been so interested in the acts and movements of someone who was teaching Pythagorean philosophy to Jewish Communities that it’s mind-boggling to think that he wouldn’t have anything at all to say about the major player that Jesus, God on earth, was supposed to be.
Plutarch’s silence on Jesus is deafening and should make us all stand up and take notice of what a blasphemous thing the Church has done for the last two thousand years.
But there is still hope for us because there are so many people just like me and you that want the truth to be out there for those that are seekers of the truth of how it all came to be. It can be scary and painful to let your religion go. I know because I’ve been there.
Here is some advice on how you can deal with the pain of losing your religion, and it comes from Jesus, which is ironic considering the scope of this article.
- “Seek first the kingdom of God” Matthew 6-23 KJV
- “The kingdom of God is within you” Luke 17-21 KJV
- “If thine eye be single your body will be filled with light” Matthew 6-22 KJV
- “Which of you by taking thought can add one cubit unto his stature?” Matthew 6-27 KJV
Do you know what all of that is truly saying? It’s telling you that in order to find the kingdom within yourself, you need to meditate and reach a point that is above thought. All you have to do is sit still with your eyes closed, go within and breathe. The rest just happens automatically. It’s hidden in plain sight, but the biblically illiterate fundamentalist will never see the deep symbolism that is rooted in eastern philosophy and esoterics.
Well, that’s it, folks. Until the next illuminating article in this series on the Sumerian Goddess Inanna, where we find more similarities to Jesus.