Mussolini’s Gift

Capitoline Wolf Statue
Rome, Georgia
submitted by UrbanDragon (Scott)

Scott says:
Rome, Georgia has an unusual statue in front of City Hall – well, not so unusual if you know the history of ancient Rome in Italy. Legend has that Rome was founded by the twins Romulus and Remus who were suckled by a she-wolf as babies. Rome Georgia was founded in 1834, named after the ancient Italian city.

In 1929 Benito Mussolini sent a gift of a bronze statue of the Capitoline Wolf nursing Romulus & Remus. The statue was removed from display during World War Two but was later restored in front of city hall in 1952.

wendyvee says:
Thank’s for another great roadside find, Scott!

Click the photos in the gallery below to get a closer look at the statue’s plaques.

Interestingly, Capitoline Wolf statues can be found around the world – including several others in the United States . . . click here for a partial list of them. If you find one during your travels, please share with RoadsideWonders!


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