Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Myths and Legends: The Death of Lucretia

The Death of Lucretia. To find out more about the Roman legend of Lucretia, see this Wikipedia article: link; for information about the image: image source.

This painting by Bernaert de Ryckere shows the death of Lucretia, wife of Lucius Tarquinius Collatinus. This famous Roman matron committed suicide after having been raped by Sextus Tarquinius, the wicked son of Lucius Tarquinius Superbus, the king of Rome. After Lucretia's suicide, there was a revolt against the king and he was deposed; this was the beginning of the Roman Republic. Collatinus, together with his friend Lucius Junius Brutus, became the first consuls of the new Republic.

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