Sextus Tarquinius

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  • Lucrece's Message Of The Virtuous In Shakespeare

    Shakespeare conveys his message of the virtuous in the world being trampled by the evil that subsists through his use of personification and other literary devices. In lines 25-28 Shakespeare likens Lucrece to beauty and honor with the words “Against the golden splendour of the sun; Anexpir’d date, cancell’d ere well begun: Honour and beauty, in the owner’s arms, Are weakly fortress’d from a world of harms” (Shakespeare, 25-28). Lucrece’s morally upright character shone in the light of the sun since she only gave of herself exclusively to her husband; when the night fell however, evil stained the clean soul that Lucrece possesses. Forts can hide purity away from the world, but they can also entrap it as stated by the McAllisters: “Lucrece now imagines her defiled body a ‘blemish 'd fort’" from which she longs to free her tormented soul” (Riley, Dick, and Pam McAllister). Lucrece’s morals led her to see the horror that had occurred for the sin that it was, and as a result she felt she had become a blemished individual analogous to Tarquin. Originally, Tarquin did not want to partake in the crime he committed, but he dismissed any thoughts of morality when he told himself “Hateful it is; there is no hate in loving” (Shakespeare, 240). Like so many other human beings Tarquin found a loophole for what he did so that he would not feel guilty about the crime he committed, giving evil the victory. Not only does Tarquin try to justify his actions, but he flat out refuses to take…

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  • Character Sketch Of Tarquinius Superbus

    Lucius Tarquinius Superbus, the seventh and last king of Rome, ruled from 534 to 509 BCE after his ascension to the throne by means of murdering his brother-in-law Servius. Tarquinius Superbus, Latin for Tarquinius the Proud, was the son of Rome 's fifth king, the foreigner Lucumo, later named Tarquinius Priscus, who himself was killed by the sons of the king preceding him. Tarquinius Superbus would end his reign in exile after his son Sextus 's transgression against Collantius 's wife Lucretia,…

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  • Brutus And The Rape Of Lucretia

    one of his enemies at the Battle of Silva Arsia. The rape of Lucretia caused Brutus to form the Roman Republic with her husband, Lucius Tarquinius Collatinus. Brutus would lead the people of Rome by example and left an admirable legacy that would still impress scholars today. Overthrowing the Monarchy No one could have guessed the major impact Lucretia’s rape would bring about. A whole republic formed because of this tragic event.…

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  • Lucretia's Loyalty To Her Husband

    Women were praised for their loyalty to their husband but also for their courage. Lucretia was dutiful loyal to her husband. Tarquinius Collatinus, and praised for being virtuous, given that she spent her free time wool working instead of talking to other women. (#189) Lucretia was used as an example of a proper wife and was lusted after by Sextus Tarquinius for being the perfect wife. However, Lucretia loses her status of being an immaculate woman due to an event that was out of her hands. The…

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  • Livy's Ab Urbe Condita

    position as a dutiful matrona, Lucretia easily garners the respect of the officers and that of the reader as well. This then leads her to expect that social convention would be respected when Sextus Tarquinius, her husband’s fellow officer, visits her on his own, and she treats him as the “honoured visitor he was thought to be” and is nothing but hospitable and kind to her future rapist (Livy 101). Likewise, Turia is described to be a woman admired for her position as matrona. When giving her…

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  • Comparison Of Tarquinius Superbus And Servius Tullius

    were Servius Tullius and Tarquinius Superbus. They were both part of the Tarquin family and the Etruscan dynasty. Although Servius Tullius and Tarquinius Superbus come from the same family, their reigns were very different. They both also rose to power in nontraditional ways. Servius Tullius and Tarquinius Superbus’ stories reveal that power was more important than a clean conscience to the Romans. Servius Tullius was the sixth king of Rome. He was born to a woman named Ocrisia. She was held…

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  • The Rape Of Lucretia By Livy

    plausible. I also hope that you will be able to see in my argument that women at this time were no more than a piece of property with minimal rights, but there was an aspect of respect as to the need for and devotion of women in a family. First I will look at the myth that was written by Livy. The Rape of Lucretia was written somewhere between 27 and 25 B.C. This was a story that was about a women named Lucretia. Lucretia welcomed a prince of Rome, Sextus Tarquinius, into her home on a…

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  • The Rape Of Lucretia Analysis

    values, but also the historical context of the first century BCE by including the general beliefs handed down from ancient times. After this period of time and the reign of Augustus, there is turmoil until a clear transition from the Roman Kingdom to the Roman Republic is seen. Through detailed analysis of the text, it can be concluded that this mythological story serves as a model for the Roman Republic’s way of life. It reflects the political change over time while serving as a reminder of…

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  • Patrick Henry's Influence On The Renaissance

    ideas this was derived from the classical world. In the History of Rome by Livy, he wrote about the string of events that sparked this movement against monarchies. On page 80 Livy describes the rape of Lucretia by Sextus Tarquinius, who is a prince of the ruling family at the time. He viscously took her chastity away from her to the point where she no longer wanted to live due to the guilt. When her husband returns and asks if everything is all right she replies with, “What can be well when a…

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  • Sexual Violence In Livy

    At the time of Livy, the Republic 's golden age has passed and his writings often reflect on these core Roman values, as he believes that the Rome of his time had lost its morality and uses his writings as ways to learn from the past. Livy portrays these acts of sexual violence against women as a parallel to the time he is writing, throughout these two cases sexual violence acts as a catalyst for change in Rome to unseat immorality and reinstill as sense of morality and values in Rome. The…

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