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then enacted a law that all who were of the race of Tarquin should be forever

banished from the state. It happened that Tarquinius Collatinus, the consul, thus

himself fell under the ban. But he left Rome without a murmur, and joined the

exiles. A new consul, Publius Valerius, was chosen in his stead. Not only were

the blood-kinsmen of the Tarquins thus driven beyond the borders of Latium, but

the secret adherents of the party were obliged by public sentiment to leave the


The banished king and his followers sought refuge at Tarquinii, the town of his

fathers, in Etruria. Here he at once began to instigate the people as well as the

inhabitants of Veii to make war on the Romans. A conflict was thus brought on

between the armies of the consuls and the Etruscans. A battle was fought at the

wood of Arsia, in which it was doubtful from morning until night which side would

prevail. In the midst of the conflict Aruns, the son of Tarquinius, seeing Brutus

at the head of the Roman army, rode against him at full speed. The latter also

dashed forward, and the spear of each was driven through the other's body. Still

the conflict remained undecided. After nightfall, however, Silvanus, the god of

the forest, called from the wood and declared the Romans victors; for the

Etruscans had lost one man more than the army of Rome. The combatants accordingly

retired from the scene, each to his own city. The body of Brutus was borne to

Rome, where the matrons, in recognition of the noble vengeance which