Lupa Capitolina

Lupa Capitolina

It has been confirmed that the famous Capitoline Wolf, believed to have been an Etruscan bronze, was actually created in the 13th century. It is already widely known that the figures of the twins had been created in the mid-to-late 1400s and added to the statue to clarify which wolf was being shown.

I must say I’m disappointed but not entirely surprised abut this. The 13th century seems to have produced many writings and artworks propagating and romanticizing pagan Rome, as if hiding certain beliefs in plain site. Did not the crusades begin in the late 1400s?

It really is a wonderful statue – wild, fierce and a wee bit grotesque. The She-Wolf is such an important figure in Roman mythology, an aspect of The Dark Goddess, The Great Mother. Without her, Remus and Romulus would never have grown into the roles they were meant to play. The creation of Rome was made possible through sacrifice, by Romulus killing his own twin, an extension of himself, making it a myth of creation like many others with Indo-European background.

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