Latin Horatius Cocles

Latin Horatius Cocles

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  • When his son Sextus committed a crime, Tarquin the Proud, seventh king of Rome, and his family were overthrow. 
  • The Etruscans captured the hill overlooking Rome; the Janiculum.
  • Fortress on Janiculum
  • Tiber Bridge
  • Rome
  • The Romans, terrified by the approaching Etruscans, ran away, leaving the bridge undefended.
  • In 506 BCE, he went to the king of the Etruscan town of Clusium, Lars Porsenna, and asked him to invade Rome.
  • They realised that the Tiber Bridge was too narrow for the advancing forces. Therefore, they blocked the bridge and defended it.
  • There, they built a fortress and began crossing the bridge of the Tiber.
  • When the bridge collapsed, the three friends swam to safety.
  • Only 3 soldiers remained: Horatius Cocles, and his two friends, Spurius Lartius and Titus Herminius.
  • Horatius was hailed as a hero, and a statue of him was built. He was given as much land as he could plough in a day. 
  • While the 3 friends defended the bridge, the Romans dismantled the bridge.
  • The Etruscans drowned, and the invasion was halted.
  • The End
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