Livy reports in his Roman history that a statue was erected at the foot of the Palatine Hill in 295 B. Pliny the Elder mentions the presence in the Roman Forum of a statue of a she-wolf that was "a miracle proclaimed in bronze nearby, as though she had crossed the Comitium while Attus Navius was taking the omens".
Cicero also mentions a statue of the she-wolf as one of a number of sacred objects on the Capitoline that had been inauspiciously struck by lightning in the year 65 BC: "it was a gilt statue on the Capitol of a baby being given suck from the udders of a wolf." It was widely assumed that the Capitoline Wolf was the very sculpture described by Cicero, due to the presence of damage to the sculpture's paw, which was believed to correspond to the lightning strike of 65 BC.
The Capitoline Wolf was used on both the emblem and the poster for the 1960 Summer Olympics in Rome. This is visible in the scene before Hypatia's capture, directly behind her character.
He mentions no twins, for he noted that she was set up as if stalking a bronze ram that was nearby, which served as a fountain.
The wolf had also served as a fountain, Magister Gregorius thought, but it had been broken off at the feet and moved to where he saw it.
They were rescued by a she-wolf who cared for them until a herdsman, Faustulus, found and raised them.
The Capitoline Wolf has been housed since 1471 in the Palazzo dei Conservatori on the Campidoglio (the ancient Capitoline Hill), Rome, Italy.