The Puzzles of Porsenna

Ronald T. Ridley

pp. 77-95


Everyone knows the most famous saga of the early Roman Republic: that of Porsenna, the Etruscan king who besieged Rome in the first years of the Republic, and who was confronted by three egregious examples of Roman bravery: Horatius, Mucius and Cloelia, with the result that he abandoned the siege. Thus went the traditional account. [...]