The Romans believed their history could be traced back to a great Trojan hero named Aeneas. When the Greeks destroyed Troy in the Trojan War, Aeneas fled with his followers. The story of his trip is told in the Aeneid, an epic poem written by ancient poet Vigil around 20 B.C.
Among the descendants of Aeneas were the founders of Rome, twin brothers Romulus and Remus. Modern histories believe that Rome’s last three kings were Etruscans, members of a people who lived in north Rome. They were influenced by Greek colonists in Italy lived in Italy before Rome was founded. The Etruscan kings made great contributions to Roman society. They built huge temples and Rome’s first sewer. Many historians think that the Romans learned their alphabet and numbers from the Etruscans.