Tarpeia


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Tarpeia

(tärpē`yə), in Roman legend, a Roman woman who betrayed her city to the Sabines for what they wore on their left arms (their gold bracelets). As they entered Rome they crushed her under a mound of shields, which they also wore on their left arms. The Tarpeian rock at Rome, from which criminals were thrown to death, bears her name.
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4, Tarpeia, who betrayed Rome for love (elsewhere it is for money), (39) addresses Titus Tatius, the leader of the Sabines who were attacking Rome and the object of her affection, saying:
Tarpeia claims that it is Tatius who is worthy of the royal robe worn by early kings of Rome and not the founding father, Romulus, who was nourished by the hard teat (dura papilla) of a barbarous she-wolf (inhumanae lupae), "without the dignity of a mother" (sine matris honore).
The negative image of the mother at lines 53-4 of the Tarpeia elegy (4.
Tarpeia further undercuts her credentials as a speaker when she aspires to be a Medea, worst of all mothers, killer of her own children.
cum sibi Tarpeias uictor desponderit arces cum spe Romanae promiserit omnia praedae, decipitur, quod castra rapit.