The early annals of Rome,especially the story of her seven kings and of the events which led to the establishment of a republic,are so largely mixed with legend that it is impossible to dignify the narrative with the name of history. but it is necessary for my purpose to tell the story in its commonly accepted from.
The city of Rome grew up gradually on seven hills lying by the Tiber, about fourteen miles from its mouth. It was a favorite delusion among the Romans that they were descended from the gods; and their poets and historians dwelt lovingly on the story of Eneas the Trojan, a son of Venus, who left the ashes of his native city, and wandered long, until he found a refuge in Latium, where his son Ascanius built on the ridge of a hill a long white city (Alba Longa). There his descendants reigned through many generations.
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