By three methods we may learn wisdom: First, by reflection, which is noblest; Second, by imitation, which is easiest; and third by experience, which is the bitterest. — Confucius


d. 510 BC
Civilization: Roman — Rome
   Field of Renown:  heroine — Martyr
Era:  Kingdom

Lucretia was the wife of a Roman nobleman. She was attacked and violated by Sextus Tarquin, the son of King Tarquin Superbus. She committed suicide because of this humiliation. As a result, several Roman nobles, including her husband, Junius Brutus, and Publius Valerius swore to avenge her, by driving the entire Tarquin family out of Rome forever.

Key events during the life of lucretia:

510 BC
Assaulted by Sextus Tarquin, committed suicide.

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Other Resources

Story Links
Book Links
Brutus  in  Stories From Livy  by  Alfred J. Church
Death of Lucretia  in  The Story of the Romans  by  H. A. Guerber
Industry of Lucretia  in  The Story of Rome  by  Mary Macgregor
Story of Lucretia  in  Historical Tales: Roman  by  Charles Morris

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Image Links

Lucretia and her Maids
 in The Story of the Romans

The death of Lucretia, Pinta
 in Famous Men of Rome

The Meeting of Sextus Tarquin and Lucrece
 in Famous Men of Rome

Short Biography
Sextus Tarquin Son of Tarquin Superbus, violated Lucretia.
Collatinus Roman noble, husband of Lucretia.
Junius Brutus First Consul of Rome; executed sons for plotting against the republic.
Publicola Consul of Rome during the wars with Porsena.