Mucius Scaevola

(Caius Mucius Scaevola)

535–509 BC

Mucius Scaevola was a young Roman who formed a plan of saving Rome by assassinating Lars Porsenna in his camp shortly after the foundation of the Republic (approx 508 B.C.). When he was caught he was brought before Porsenna but defied him by burning his right hand in a fire and swearing eternal vengeance on all enemies of Rome. Porsenna was so impressed with his bravery that he agreed to make a treaty with Rome.

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Book Links
Lars Porsenna  in  Stories From Livy  by  Alfred J. Church
Life and Death Struggle  in  Stories from Ancient Rome  by  Alfred J. Church
Why the Romans Bore Pain  in  Tales of the Romans: The Children's Plutarch  by  F. J. Gould
Burnt Hand  in  The Story of the Romans  by  H. A. Guerber
Mucius the Left-Handed  in  Famous Men of Rome  by  John H. Haaren & A. B. Poland
Gaius Mucius Burns His Right Hand  in  The Story of Rome  by  Mary Macgregor

Image Links

Mucius scaevola before Lars Porsenna
 in Stories From Livy

Mucius Defying Porsena
 in Greatest Nations - Rome

Short Biography
Lars Porsena Etruscan king, and supporter of the Tarquins who raised an army to march against Rome.
Horatius Hero who held the Sublican Bridge against Porsena's entire army.