Duke Palemonas a relative of Roman Emperor Nero fearing the murderous hand of him, fled Ancient Rome around 1st century AD. He took his three sons with him – Barcus, Kūnas (Kaunas), and Sperus as well as 500 noble families and after a long journey through seas and oceans all the way up north he reached the Baltic coast where the tribal lands that later became Lithuania were. After Palemon’s death, his sons divided the land among themselves. Kūnas got the land where Kaunas now stands and where there was only a simple village with several huts. He built a fortress where the rivers Nemunas and Neris meet and it became the capital of those lands. The city that grew around with the castle was named Kaunas after him. According to a further legend, the founder of the city died in a fight with Kievan Rus, entering the duke Mystislav, where he was headed and his body left behind.