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Tarquinius Priscus

latin kings project
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Evelyn Sharkey

on 20 April 2011

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Lucius Tarquinius Priscus also known as Tarquin the Elder
or Lucuis Tarquinius Priscus

origianally named Lucumo

adopted the name Lucius Tarquinius Priscus once her returned to Rome after his marriage failed Tarquinius Priscus was the fifth king of Rome


he ruled from 616-578 BC Tarquinius was a very wealthy man
He came from the town Tarquinii
Tarquinius Priscus's mother was Ertruscan
father was a very wealthy fugitive (or someone who has escaped from a place or is in hiding) from the Greek city of Corinth
after his father died he left "Lucumo"(Tarquinius Priscus) all of his state Tarquinius married Tanaquil, who was the daughter of a noble Ectruscan family. However, being noble, led Tanaquil to believe that her husband was expected to pursue a course of political advancement and power. Tarquinius Priscus was not of pure Etruscan birth, however, because his father was from Corinth. This led the people of Tarquinii to treat him like a foreigner. Tanaquil could not stand having a husband who was not respected, and convinced him to leave their home and move to Rome. This gave Tarquinius Priscus a new home where his wealth could afford him a good reputation and prestige. Evelyn Sharkey became close friends with king Ancus

after Ancus's death Luscius quickly began his campaign for the throne, which had never been done by any prevous king

Tarquinius Priscus was elected as Rome's fifth king


created the Circus Maximus, for entertainment of the people.

The Circus Maximus consisted of a track (one mile in circumference) with temporary bleachers built around it, for when events were held greatly improved Rome's militairy

Rome became a major regional power militairily While Tarquinius was in power, a strange event took place. While a slave boy named Servius Tullius was sleeping his head mysteriously caught on fire. Miraculously, the little boy continued to sleep. One slave went to get water in order to extinguish the flames, but Tanquil ordered him to stop. When the boy woke up a few minutes later, the flames immediatly went out. Tanquil told her husband that the flames were a sign that this boy was special. Servius Tullius was, from then on, raised by Tarquinius Priscus as if he were his own son. Servius Tullius eventually married Tarquinius's daughter. ON the 38th year of Tarquinius's reign the two sons of Ancius Marcius, still upset about their loss in the election, attempted to attack and kill Tarquinius Priscus. It became clear to them however that Servius Tullius would become king instead of one of them. The son's of Ancius Marcius hired two shepherds, who would naturally carry weapons with them, to assasinate Tarquinius Priscus. When the shepherds entered the palace they immedietly began to fight. They yelled that the king should settle this matter for them. The king and his lictors(or an officer attending the consul or magistrate) seperated the two men. After Tarquinius Priscus stepped in between the two and turned to talk to one, the other shepherd split his skull with an axe, and then the two shepherds fled from the castle. After the attack it was clear that Tarquinius was going to die. Tanaquil immediately assumed control over the situation. She ordered the palace doors to be closed, and her slaves to prepare medicines, went up to the balcony to tell the people of Rome that Tarquinius Priscus would be fine. Tanaquil only told Servius Tulius the truth, and that he must now claim the throne. He went out to speak to the people, wearing the purple robe and accompanied by the lictors. He claimed that he would only be acting as king until Tarquinius Priscus was better. After hearing the news that Tarquinius Priscus was still alive the two sons of Ancus Marcius fled from Rome into exile.
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