Tarpeia the Vestal

@article{Neel2019TarpeiaTV,
  title={Tarpeia the Vestal},
  author={Jaclyn Neel},
  journal={Journal of Roman Studies},
  year={2019},
  volume={109},
  pages={103 - 130}
}
  • Jaclyn Neel
  • Published 2019
  • History
  • Journal of Roman Studies
Abstract Tarpeia's role as a Vestal has become a matter of scholarly consensus in the past two decades. This article questions that consensus by suggesting that Varro and Propertius are the two major proponents of this ‘Vestal version’, which is not present in other major narratives such as Livy, Dionysius of Halicarnassus and Plutarch. Propertius’ version in particular, which depicts Tarpeia as a Vestal in love, has been overprivileged in analyses of this myth as a dramatisation of individual… Expand

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