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The Rape of Lucretia

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Transcript of The Rape of Lucretia


Christian women still alive after the sack of Rome used Lucretia as a symbol of power.
The tale of Lucretia has lived throughout the middle ages and referenced in multiple plays and prose.
The Rape of Lucretia was eventually made into a play in 1607 and an opera in 1946.
A common subject for painters, including many in the Renaissance era
The Rape of Lucretia
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"Ancient History Sourcebook: Livy: The Rape of Lucretia, from the History of Rome." Internet History Sourcebooks. N.p., n.d. Web. 16 June 2014.

The Rape of Lucretia
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By Livy
"Tace, Lucretia!" inquit, "Sextus Tarquinius sum. Ferrum in manu est. Moriere, si emiseris vocem"

In this quote, Sextus threatens to murder Lucretia with a dagger if she exposes Sextus for raping her. This is an important quote because it is the main part of the story. Every part of the story revolves around the scene which depicts Sextus raping and threatening Lucretia.
"Lucretiam sedentem maestam in cubiculo inveniunt"
In this scene, Lucretia is sitting in the bedroom sad because she does not wish to die. This is important because she is contemplating whether or not to kill herself. It is a crucial moment in the story.
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Sextus Tarquinius, prince of Rome, lusts for Lucretia after beholding her beauty and virtue
When Lucretia's husband is out of town, Sextus goes to her house
Later that night, he creeps in to Lucretia's bedroom, putting a dagger to her throat and telling her she has two choices
The first- to let Tarquin rape her willingly
The second- for Tarquin to rape her unwillingly, after which Tarquin will murder her along with a slave, claim that she slept with him (the slave), and kill the both of them for adultery.
Lucretia chooses the first option and is left the next day to mourn
She sends a letter to her father and husband to return immediately, and kills herself in front of them after confessing the truth
"Culturum, quem sub veste abditum habebat, eum in corde defigit, prolapsaque in vulnus moribunda cecidit"
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"Titus Livius (Livy), The History of Rome, Book 1 Rev. Canon Roberts, Ed.." Titus Livius (Livy), The History of Rome, Book 1, chapter 58. N.p., n.d. Web. 16 June 2014. <http://www.perseus.tufts.edu/hopper/text?doc=Perseus%3Atext%3A1999.02.0026%3Abook%3D1%3Achapter%3D58>.
In this quote, Lucretia finally decides to commit suicide. She pulls a dagger out of her shirt and kills herself. This is important because it is the ending to the story.
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