In the story of the abduction of the Sabine women, Tarpeia was a Vestal Virgin who betrayed the city of Rome to the Sabines when they were attempting to rescue their wives and daughters. Her price for betraying Rome was what the Sabine soldiers wore on their left arms, meaning their gold bracelets, but the Sabines were so offended by Tarpeia’s reprehensible greed and treason that they took her request literally. She met her death under the crushing weight of the soldiers’ shields.
Bare head of Augustus, right
Tarpeia, long-haired, facing, half buried by shields, hands raised
TVRPILIANVS III VIR
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