Women in the Reigns of the Seven Kings

Romulus, the Founder and First King:

His birth-mother: Rhea Silvia, who claimed the god Mars was father of her twin sons. She may or may not have survived through the end of Romulus’ reign., Acca Larentia, Hersilia

His foster-mother, Acca Larentia, called a ‘lupa,’ slang for prostitute. At the time of his birth, Acca was wife to Faustulus, one of the royal servants to the usurper Amulius, Romulus’ great-uncle.

His wife, possibly: Hersilia. Some writers say only that Hersilia was one of the captives involved in stopping the war between Rome and the Sabines. Others say she did this as Romulus’ wife.

Numa Pompilius, second king of Rome in a time of peace: Tatia, Egeria

His wife Tatia, daughter to Titus Tatius, initially Romulus’ enemy and then his co-ruler for a few years.

His possible divine lover, Egeria: It was rumored that Numa received his wisdom from his time spent as lover and confidant to this local forest goddess

Tullus Hostilius, third king of Rome: Only one woman appears outright in this very martial tale. She is a sister to the Roman set of triplets and lover to one of the opposing set of triplets that participate in the battle-duel between Alba and Rome. She pays the price for mourning for the wrong man.

Ancus Marcius, fourth king of Rome: No woman appears outright in the story of this king’s reign. His wife remains nameless and unmentioned but he has sons. During his reign, the man Lucumo comes with his wife Tanaquil from the Etruscan city of Tarquinii. Lucumo becomes adviser and guardian of Ancus’ sons.

Tarquinius Priscus, fifth king of Rome:

His wife Tanaquil is said to have been trained in the arts of divination and prophecy.

Servius Tullius, sixth king of Rome:

While his wife, daughter of Priscus, does not play any part in the history, his two daughters do. One is sweet and gentle, the other coldly ambitious.

Tarquinius Superbus, seventh and last king of Rome:

His wife Tullia was one of the daughters of Servius Tullis.

The Roman matron Lucretia, whose suicide after being allegedly raped by one of Superbus’ sons sparked the overthrow of the monarchy.

Valeria, Roman daughter of one of the men who participated in the overthrow.

Cloelia, another Roman woman involved in the conquest of Rome by the Etruscan Lars Porsena.

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