Show Summary Details

Page of

Printed from Oxford Classical Dictionary. Under the terms of the licence agreement, an individual user may print out a single article for personal use (for details see Privacy Policy and Legal Notice).

date: 20 January 2021

Lucretialocked

  • Andrew Drummond

Extract

Lucretia, wife of L. *Tarquinius Collatinus, was raped by Sextus, the son of *Tarquinius Superbus; her subsequent suicide because of her dishonour was the catalyst for the expulsion of the Tarquins by L. *Iunius Brutus. The legend, probably originally distinct from that of Brutus but already linked with it in Q. *Fabius Pictor (cf. fr., utilizes Greek notions to explain the overthrow of tyranny; but, particularly in Livy, Lucretia, implicitly contrasted with *Tanaquil and *Tullia (1), becomes a paradigm of the republican matrona (married woman), heroic in her resolute adhesion to the code of female chastity. In reality, however, she is the victim not only of male violence, but also of the ideology of a patriarchal society.

You do not currently have access to this article

Login

Please login to access the full content.

Subscribe

Access to the full content requires a subscription