chapter  9
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The Begnnings of the Roman Republic

The end of the Roman monarchy is presented in our sources as an episode in the dramatic saga of the family of the Tarquins. It may be useful to summarise the main outlines of this famous story, which, though immortalised in Livy's prose narrative and the verses of Shakespeare and Lord Macaulay, may not be as familiar to modern readers as it once was.!