The Rape of the Sabine women

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  • The Rape of the Sabine women
    • written by Livy in late first century about 750 BC
    • Rome had built up a strong army
      • Rome was at war with a lot of its neighbouring states
        • The army couldn't sustain its power as there was a shortage of offspring at home
    • revenge
      • Romulus organised a Consualia
        • all of the neighbouring tries came
        • people came to honour Neptune and to see the new city
          • they were impressed with how fast it has grown and its great walls and buildings
      • many people came bringing their wives and children
        • they were offered hospitality
      • the grapping of the women
        • during the show when everyone was concentrating a prearranged signal was given
          • all the Roman Youths began to grab women
        • the most beautiful women were saved for the senators
        • how the nuptial wedding cry of Thalassius came to be
          • the call of congratulation because she is marring a respectable man
    • Romulus sent embassies to the neighbouring tribes
      • asking to build and alliance by allowing their daughters to marry Roman men
      • he told them that even though Rome Is small with the excellence of those in it and the help of the gods it will become strong and famous
      • even though Rome wasn't always favoured by the Gods they have never lacked in courage
      • the foreigners should join blood and family with the Roman men
    • the embassies were rejected
      • a lot feared this would give Rome a great amount of power
      • the thought that criminals would make a better match for the roman men
    • the parents response
    • afterwards Romulus tells them
      • The Sabine women were told that they wouldn't of had to use force id their fathers hadn't agreed in the first place
      • they would be given full material rights and citizenship, that their children would inherit
      • every good relationship  starts with an offence but their husbands would treat them with extra kindness to make up for it
      • the men were only driven by love and passion
    • The English word rape is a conventional translation of the Latin raptio, which in this context means "abduction" rather than its prevalent modern meaning in English language of sexual violation
    • later on when the Sabine women refused to go home
  • afterwards Romulus tells them
    • The Sabine women were told that they wouldn't of had to use force id their fathers hadn't agreed in the first place
    • they would be given full material rights and citizenship, that their children would inherit
    • every good relationship  starts with an offence but their husbands would treat them with extra kindness to make up for it
    • the men were only driven by love and passion

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