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The Sabine Abduction Francesco Allegrini
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"The Sabine Abduction Francesco Allegrini"
The abduction of the Sabines is one of the oldest stories in the history of Rome, wrapped in a legend. According to tradition, Romulus, after founding Rome, turns to neighboring populations to form alliances and obtain women with whom to procreate and populate the new city. The refusal of the neighbors is a disappointment: it organizes a big show to attract the inhabitants of the region and to kidnap their wives. Romulus, who became the only king of Rome, first decided to fortify the new city by offering sacrifices to the gods according to the Albanian rite and to the Greeks in honor of Hercules, as they had been established by Evander. Over time, Rome grew to the point of appearing according to Livio "powerful enough to compete militarily with all the inhabitants of the area". They were the few women. This greatness would only last a generation if the Romans had not found enough wives to procreate new children for the city. According to Plutarch, Romulus programmed the rat so that it constitutes in a way the beginning of the fusion between the Romans and Sabines. The Roman youth did not take it voluntarily, so much so that the solution that was advanced was to use force. During the third year of his reign, Romulus decided to hide his resentment and set up solemn games, called Consualia, dedicated to the god Conso. He then ordered his guests to invite the neighboring peoples to the show: from the Ceninensi to the Antemnati, through Crustumini and Sabini, the latter settled on the nearby hill of Quirinale. The goal was to perform a gigantic kidnapping of their women in the middle of the series. Many people arrived, with children, including many virgins and others, also for the desire to see the new city. Romulus took his place among the crowd and, at the agreed signal, at the same time as his men, removed the swords and captured the girls of the Ceninenses, Crustumini, Antemnati and Sabini, leaving the fathers to flee, who abandoned the city promising to take revenge. Some say that only thirty girls have been abducted, Valerio Anziate, five hundred and twenty-seven, Juba II, six hundred and eighty-three, while Plutarch believes that they are not less than eight hundred. In favor of Romulus, he asserted that no married woman had been kidnapped except for Ersilia alone, whose condition she was unaware of. Plutarch explained the rat, not as a gesture of pride, but rather as an act of necessity, in order to mingle the two peoples. The rat took place on August 21, the day of the celebration of the feasts of the Consualia. Livio clearly states that there was no violence. On the contrary, Romulus offered girls free choice and promised them full civil and property rights. He himself found a woman among these girls, named Ersilia. The people who suffered this insult demanded the release of the girls, but the new king of Rome has not only refused to release them, but has instead asked them to accept the family ties with the Romans. It only meant one thing: the war. Among the peoples who suffered this affront, the Ceninensi, Antemnati and Crustumini were defeated first, their resistance lasted even less than their allies. Completed with military operations, the new King of Rome ordered that settlers be sent to the newly conquered territories. The last reported attack in Rome is that of the Sabines, as Livio and Dionigi di Alicarnasso said, who first took the Campidoglio, with the betrayal of Tarpeia, then delivered to the Romans a very hard battle during the battle Curzio Lake. It was at this time that the Sabines, who had been kidnapped earlier by the Romans, threw themselves under a shower of bullets between opposing factions to divide the suitors and appease their anger. By this gesture, both parties had stopped and decided to collaborate by concluding a peace treaty. That is why it would be called Via Sacra ever since, thus creating the union between the two peoples of a shared power and citizenship, associating the two kingdoms (that of Romulus and Titus Tazio), leaving the city where all the decision-making power was transferred, were still called Rome, even if all the Romans were called Curiti (in memory of the homeland of Tito Tazio's origin, Cures),] which doubled its population (with the transfer of Sabines to the nearby hill of Quirinale). Tito Livio also tells that, to meet the Sabines, the Romans took the name of Quiriti, from the city of Cures, while the lake located near the current Roman forum was called, in memory of this battle, and that the Commander Sabine escaped Death (Mezio Curzio), Lacus Curtius. The work, like all our objects, is sold accompanied by a certificate of photographic authenticity; This document identifies the object by adding value to the article. We personally insure and organize the packing and shipping of works of art with insurance worldwide. Ms. Riccardo Moneghini Expert in Ancient Paintings - Art Historian
Price:19000 €
Artist : Francesco Allegrini ( Gubbio 1587 - Roma 1663 )
Period:17th century
Condition : Bon état

Material : Huile sur toile
Length: 130
Height : 105
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