(Horatius Cocles)

535–509 BC

Horatius Cocles was a Roman soldier who volunteered to defend the Sublican bridge over the Tiber, as it was being torn down by his compatriots. He prevented an Etruscan army, led by Lars Porsenna, from crossing and jumped in the river as the bridge fell. Miraculously he survived. A statue was made to commemorate the deed and Horatius was well rewarded for his bravery. The Invasion of Rome by Porsenna's army occured in 508 B.C., shortly after King Tarquin was exiled, and the Republic of Rome was founded.

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Book Links
Horatius at the Bridge  in  Fifty Famous Stories Retold  by  James Baldwin
Lars Porsenna  in  Stories From Livy  by  Alfred J. Church
Life and Death Struggle  in  Stories from Ancient Rome  by  Alfred J. Church
Of Horatius  in  Stories from Roman History  by  Lena Dalkeith
Defense of the Bridge  in  The Story of the Romans  by  H. A. Guerber
Horatius  in  Famous Men of Rome  by  John H. Haaren & A. B. Poland
Horatius Cocles, or the One-Eyed  in  The Story of Rome  by  Mary Macgregor
How Brave Horatius Kept the Bridge  in  Historical Tales: Roman  by  Charles Morris
How Horatius Kept the Bridge  in  On the Shores of the Great Sea  by  M. B. Synge

Image Links

Horatius on the bridge
 in Stories From Livy

Horatius held his place till the structure had actually fallen
 in Stories from Ancient Rome

Horatius keeps the bridge
 in Stories from Roman History

Horatius at the bridge
 in The Story of the Romans

Horatius Keeping the Bridge
 in Historical Tales: Roman

Short Biography
Publicola Consul of Rome during the wars with Porsena.
Lars Porsena Etruscan king, and supporter of the Tarquins who raised an army to march against Rome.
Mucius Scaevola Hero who burned his right hand to defy Porsena.
Spurius Lartius Fellow soldier who helped defend the bridge.
Titus Herminius Fellow Soldier who helped defend the bridge.