City Badge of Rome --- the She-wolf nursling Sculpture presented by Italian Federation of Traditional Chinese Medicine of Italy in 1976

Date:2017.12.09Times:206


The city badge of Rome depicts a she-wolf with her eyes glittering with benevolent affections and a pair of twins lapping up her milk. Why did Rome use the images of a wolf acting out of its normally fierce behavior and two little kids as the design of its city badge?


It is said that there was a king of ancient Italy named Numitor. His younger brother Amulius attempted to usurp the throne. Thus he house arrested the king, killed the king's son, and forced the princess to become a priestess. The princess fell in love with the god Mars and gave birth to a pair of twin brothers. Amulius sent someone to throw the two babies into Tiber River in order to remove out the source of troubles. However, the babies were saved by a she-wolf. She fed them with her milk. Later, they got adopted by a shepherd couple and were named Romulo and Ramus. The two brothers killed Amulius and reconstructed the new capital after they grew up. Romulo named the new capital "Rome" after seizing the throne.

In the 6th Century BC, a Roman sculptor made this story into the "She-wolf nursling" Sculpture in memory of this event. Today, the "She-wolf nursling Sculpture" has become the representative of Italy's glorious culture and art as well as a top-grade gift for distinguished guests.

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