Titus Tatius

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Republican denarius . Left Titus Tatius, right Tarpeia , who is buried under shields.
Hersilia enters between Romulus and Tatius (Guercino, 1645)

Titus Tatius is a legendary figure from early Roman times . As with almost all people and events of the Roman royal era, it can hardly be determined whether the tradition goes back to a true core.

According to the ancient sources (much later), Titus Tatius was king of the Sabines and, after the robbery of the Sabine women, besieged the Capitol , captured it by betraying the Tarpeia ( Tarpeian rock ) and then ruled over Rome together with Romulus until he was in Lavinium was murdered by Laurentines . His grave was built on the Aventine .


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  2. Livy, Ab urbe condita 1, 11, 6ff .; Dionysius of Halicarnassus , Antiquitates Romanae 2, 38ff .; Plutarch, Romulus 17f .; Ovid , Metamorphoses 14, 775f. among others
  3. Dionysius of Halicarnassus, Antiquitates Romanae 2, 50; among others
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