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There is another Brutus, one who is relevant to our age.
Lucius Junius Brutus is remembered as the founder of the Roman Republic.
After she told them what had happened and how she had been dishonored, she committed suicide by stabbing herself with a dagger.
Brutus pulled the dagger from her chest, held it up and immediately shouted for the overthrow of the Tarquins. Hidden in that story, which is most likely apocryphal, is the logic of republican virtue and republican morality.
Until the fifth century BC, Rome was ruled by a series of kings.
According to Livy, The son of Tarquinius Superbus raped a noblewoman named Lucretia, who was a relation to Brutus.
Free men fight and die for their honor, for their liberty and for their posterity.
Our first Brutus is remember as an example of that republican virtue, not because he established it, but because he sacrificed for it. During his consulship the royal family tried to subvert the republic in order to regain the throne. Among the conspirators were two of Brutus’ sons, who were sentenced to death.That’s probably not fair to Brutus or the other members of the Optimate faction.