Tarpeia


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Tarpeia

(tɑːˈpiːə)
n
(Classical Myth & Legend) (in Roman legend) a vestal virgin, who betrayed Rome to the Sabines and was killed by them when she requested a reward
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The author has organized the ten chapters that make up the main body of her text in three parts devoted to Tarpeia, ethnicity, and being Roman in the Republic; Tarpeia and the Caesars from the Republic to the Empire; and Tarpeia from the Greek source material through the Roman Empire.
Tarpeia allegedly craved the Sabines' golden jewelry, but the Sabines also bore their shields on their left arms; they crushed her to death with their shields, and her body was hurled from Tarpeian Rock, a place that became an execution site for Roman traitors.
This rock was highly charged with meaning, since it was here that Tarpeia betrayed the city to the Sabines, either for love of gold or for love of the enemy general.
Thetis and Octavia fail miserably at communicating with their children; Tarpeia speaks with total lack of authority and appeals to the worst of role models, invoking Medea as her ideal.
Tarpeia, daughter of Spurius Tarpeius, governor of the citadel on the Capitoline Hill, traitorously opened the gates to the Sabines for the "ornaments on their arms.