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VOLUME II

In All Ages and in All Countries

ROMAN WOMEN

by

Rev. ALFRED BRITTAIN

Philadelphia

George Barrie & Sons, Publishers Copyright, 1907 by George Barrie & Sons Entered at Stationers' Hall, London

[Illustration 1:

TULLIA, DAUGHTER OF SERVIUS

_After the painting by E. Hildebrand_

_We have had the good queen, now we encounter the bad..... Tullia was of that type of which Shakespeare has given a picture in Lady Macbeth.....

Lucius, her husband, with an armed band, repaired to the

Senate and seated himself on the throne. King Servius appeared, but no one thought it worth while to hinder Lucius from throwing the aged ruler down the steps of the Senate house; which me manfully did.

Tullia was the instigator of this_ coup d'état; _and impatient to learn its success, drove to the Forum, and, calling her husband from the Senate chamber, was the first to hail him as king. But Lucius commanded her to return home; and the tradition runs that as she was going thither her chariot wheels passed over the dead body of her royal father._]