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Why did the Romans drive out their estruscan kings?


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  • 9 years ago
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    We will almost certainly never know, since the events of the Roman kingdom belong, strictly, to pre-history. No records survive, and it is very possible that no records were kept. What we have are traditions. The tradition is that the kings were expelled because of the behaviour of Tarquinius Superbus (meaning Tarquin the proud) and his family, who got rather above themselves and irked their subjects more than was consonant with their own safety and prosperity.

    According to the tradition, the final straw was the rape by the son of Tarquinius of Lucretia, a Roman noblewoman of great virtue, leading to the expulsion of the family in 509BC. The tradition says that Tarquinius was only the 7th king of Rome, which seems a little unlikely.


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