UNIVERSAL HISTORY-THE ANCIENT WORLD.
at a predetermined signal, rushed suddenly upon the visitors, and each seizing
one of the Sabine women in his arms carried her off to his own house to be his
wife. It was the most whole- sale as well as the most summary courtship known to
Of course the Sabines were greatly enraged, and went to war to recover their
women. The towns of Caenina and Antemnae undertook to obtain redress, but were
quickly subdued by the Romans. Then the Sabines came with a large army, led by
their king, Titus Tatius, and laid siege to Rome. The citadel on the Capitoline
Hill was defended by Spurius Tarpeius. While the siege was progressing, his
daughter Tarpeia saw and admired the brace- lets worn by the Sabine soldiers.
Anxious to possess such ornaments herself, she offered to