Not Grieg.* Sextus Tarquinius.
Sextus Tarquinius was the guy directly responsible for the foundation of the Republic. Also, he was kind of dumb. Here’s the story in brief…Sextus is the youngest son of Tarquinius Superbus who was King of Rome in the late 6th century BC. Wanting to take Gabii and finding himself unable, the king sent Sextus in as an “exile”. So Sextus joins the Gabiian army, rises in the ranks and then kills the town’s leaders and hands the town over to his father. Later, a drunken bet between Sextus and his cousin ended with Sextus becoming enamored of his cousin’s wife and then raping her. You might have heard of her. She was called Lucretia. Anyway, that made people mad and they revolted, ousted the king and established the Republic. And then Sextus went back to Gabii, where he was, unsurprisingly, murdered. People hold such grudges over being sold out to the neighbouring king!**
Anyway…all of this brings me to today’s stuff. Archaeologists in Italy think they have found the prince’s palace on the site of the acropolis of Gabii on the slopes of a volcanic crater 12 miles from Rome. Cool!
*Apparently, the Grieg piece has lyrics. Who knew?