Lars Porsena, the king of the Etruscan town of Clusium, marched to Rome with a large force of Etruscan troops, there was only one way though, the bridge across the RIver Tiber, defended by Roman troops Horatius Cocles, Spurius and Titus.
Protect me Tiber!
When Horatius and his friends arrived at the bridge, they realised that it was to narrow for advancing forces and could be defended if they blocked it.
The Romans hacked away at the bridge whilst their comrades shielded any enemy projectiles.
Just as the bridge was about to collapse, Horatius sent his friends to safety on the river bank and jumped into the Tiber himself, praying to the Gods he would survive.
Horatius was commended from defending Rome against the Etruscan attack and was therefore given a statue in Rome to commend him.
Horatius was also given as much land as he could plough in a whole day!