Rome celebrates its 2,767th birthday

April 21st was Rome’s 2,767th birthday and Roman legionaires carrying imperial shields, gladiators, vestal virgins, and Roman matrons were on hand to celebrate the legendary founding of the Eternal City by twin brothers Romulus and Remus.The event involving some 1,800 actors and included several battle reconstructions. Romulus is believed to have been he first king of Rome, formallyestablishing the city on April 21nd in 753 BC after a deadly dispute with his brother.

The participants ammassed at the site of the Circus Maximus and marched past the Roman forums and the Colosseum in a colorful and at the same time somber parade.