Hey readers, today we’re going to take a small dip into the very vast and expansive world of Roman mythology to discover a tribe of werewolves. But before we get to the werewolves we first need to touch on Romulus and Remus, who, as you may or may not know are the founders of Rome.
These twin-brothers were the supposed sons of the god Mars (aka Ares) and the priestess Rhea Silvia, daughter of Numitor. As soon as the baby boys were born they were abandoned and left for dead in a remote part of the forest. It was there that they were found by a she-wolf, who instead of killing them, nursed them with her own milk and took care of them with the help of a woodpecker. After some time Romulus and Remus were then discovered by Faustulus, a shepherd, who brought the children to his home. Faustulus and his wife, Acca Larentia, raised the boys as their own.
When the boys grew up they killed Amulius, the king of the land and reinstated Numitor, their grandfather, as King of Alba Longa, then they decided to make a city of their own and they chose the place where the she-wolf had nursed them for their new home. Romulus began to build walls on the Palatine Hill, but Remus mocked them because they were so low. He leaped over them to prove this, and Romulus in anger killed him. Romulus then continued the building of the new city, naming it Roma (Rome) after his own name and that’s how Rome came to be.
Now to the werewolf bit – Once Romulus built his city, it is said that he then divided the people into three tribes, which bore the names Ramnes, Tities, and Luceres. The Luceres are the werewolves I’m talking about. It is believed that the Luceres were possibly a tribe of werewolves, which were also said to be a group of wild or insane people. Many scholars have argued that the first of the Luceres were lupine werewolves with powerful and cruel chiefs that terrorized the native people in the area. But of course, we don’t know for sure.
What we do know is that the pages of our mythology books claim that the Luceres tribe could very well have been a group of fearsome werewolves.