- n. according to legend, the seventh and last Etruscan king of Rome who was expelled for his cruelty (reigned from 534 to 510 BC)
“But it was the plebeians who mourned for Servius; the patricians in their anger made Tarquin king, but found him a very hard and cruel master, so that he is generally called Tarquinius Superbus, or Tarquin the proud.”
“Most notable among this group was Lucretia, whose rape by Sextus Tarquinius, the son of the Roman king Tarquinius Superbus, was the catalyst for the overthrow of monarchical rule in 509 BC and the founding of the Republic on ostensibly democratic principles.”
“In the earlier book, Tarquinius was established as a soothsayer with real supernatural powers to predict the future.”
“Romulus wants to return to Rome and find his sister – but he, Tarquinius and Brennus must first face an epic battle in India and a dangerous journey from the ends of the known world.”
“The narrative cuts back and forth between the different characters, always stopping on a cliffhanger although there is not actually that much suspense, because Tarquinius predicts practically everything before it happens.”
“Tarquinius has magical powers to foretell the future that really work.”
“In the hills near Rome in 70 BC, Tarquinius, a slave proud of his Etruscan heritage and trained as the last Etruscan haruspex soothsayer, leaves the estate when his mentor is killed on the orders of a Roman noble.”
“Tarquinius, Brennus and Romulus face a journey to the ends of the known world, as Crassus launches his invasion of Parthia.”
“This gives an interesting slant, as Tarquinius and Romulus in Parthia and Fabiola in Rome all encounter the Mithraic religion at about the same time, despite being thousands of miles apart.”
“I don't know if that's just because Tarquinius is a name that readers are guaranteed to recognise as Etruscan about the only one? or whether it's going to have some deep significance in the last book of the trilogy.”
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