Genealogy: Houses of the Rome
|Monarachy of Rome|
|The genealogy of Alba Longa shows how Romulus was the descendant of Aeneas from the royal house of Troy (Dardanian line). Romulus was the founder of Rome.
The founder of the city of Alba Longa, in Latium, was Ascanius or Iulus, the son of Aeneas.
All of Aeneas’ descendants, after his grandson Silvius (2nd king of Alba Longa), have the family name of Silvius.
Unlike most kingdoms in other part of the world, where the monarchy or the kingship was hereditary and nobility title, in Rome the king was elected by voting in election from candidates. Therefore a son or close kin doesn’t necessary succeed his father to kingship.
It was not even essential requirement to be a pure Roman citizen to be candidate for kingship. Most of the kings were of foreign background, such as from the Latin, Sabine or Etruscan cities.
Numa’s grandson, Ancus Marcius, did become king of Rome, but Ancus ruled after the Roman king, Tullus Hostilius. Similarly, Lucius Tarquinius Superbus didn’t immediately succeed his father Lucius Tarquinius Priscus but from Servius Tullius.