Tarquinius Superbus "The Proud" was the seventh and last King of Roma. His filius, Sextus Tarquinius, was egotistical and condescending like him, and in large part caused the transition from Monarchy to Republic in the Roman government.
"Look at our subjects, how they cower. we are of so much fama!"
I'm a hot shot guy, oh ya!
One day, Sextus (right) and his friends Brutus (middle) and Collatinus (left) went to a bar. When Collatinus and Brutus spoke of their wives greatness and hard work, Sextus scoffed. Brutus told him he believed his uxor was at the casa sewing right then, sed Sextus bet she wasn't.
(1)"Our wives work so hard, they're great."
(3) "I bet my Lucretia is at home sewing right now, waiting for me."
Wanna go see..?
(2) "Ya, sure. Feminae are way too lazy for that."
(4) "Ha ha. No way."
The three decided to go back to Brutus' house to see for themselves. When Lucretia greeted them, clearly sewing, Sextus left. His ego was bruised, ashamed of his humiliation. Soon, his sadness would turn to ira.
"My dear, you have returned. I have been sewing, waiting for you."
"What a femina you are, te amo! Told ya."
Eheu, I am humiliated. I will now wallow in self loathing.
When Brutus and Collatinus hung out again, Sextus chose not to come. He went to Lucretia to seek revenge. He gave her the option of murder or rape, and when she chose rape, he raped her. This is now known as "The Rape of Lucretia."
This is so dishonorable, but at least I can tell someone this way.
"Cur? Cur! Just, just rape me."
"Mors or rape, you choose."
Lucretia told her family of the rape. But, she then killed herself because of the great dishonor she nunc carried.
"Mater et Pater, I have just been raped by Sextus Tarquinius, son of the King. Now I will kill myself in my depression."
Her rape et death caused widespread grief. Her family and friends made speeches saying that something must be done. This event would spark the "Expulsion of the Tarquins," and Collatinus and Brutus founding the Republic in 509 BCE (as well as becoming the primus two consuls).
"We all grieve this loss, but something must be done."
"We must rise up!"
""The Monarchy isn't working. So, let's rise up and create something new, something better. Romani, pugnate!"