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photoblog image The 'Rape' of the Sabine Women

The 'Rape' of the Sabine Women

Photograph taken inside the Curia

 

The 'Rape' of the Sabine Women is an episode in the legendary history of Rome in which the first generation of Roman men acquired wives for themselves from the neighboring Sabine families (in this context, rape means abduction—raptio—rather than its prevalent modern meaning of sexual violation).

 

The Rape is supposed to have occurred in the early history of Rome, shortly after its foundation by Romulus and his mostly male followers. Seeking wives in order to found families, the Romans negotiated unsuccessfully with the Sabines, who populated the area. Fearing the emergence of a rival society, the Sabines refused to allow their women to marry the Romans; consequently, the Romans planned to abduct Sabine women.

 

Romulus devised a festival of Neptune Equester and proclaimed the festival amongst Rome's neighbours. According to Livy, many people from Rome's neighbours attended, including from the Caeninenses, Crustumini, and Antemnates, and many of the Sabines. At the festival Romulus gave a signal, at which the Romans grabbed the Sabine women and fought off the Sabine men. The indignant abductees were implored by Romulus to accept Roman husbands.

 

Romulus offered them free choice and promised civic and property rights to women. According to Livy he spoke to them each in person, "and pointed out to them that it was all owing to the pride of their parents in denying the right of intermarriage to their neighbours''. They would live in honourable wedlock, and share all their property and civil rights, and — dearest of all to human nature — would be the mothers of free men.

 

 

ROME 2010

The 'Rape' of the Sabine Women

Photograph taken inside the Curia

 

The 'Rape' of the Sabine Women is an episode in the legendary history of Rome in which the first generation of Roman men acquired wives for themselves from the neighboring Sabine families (in this context, rape means abduction—raptio—rather than its prevalent modern meaning of sexual violation).

 

The Rape is supposed to have occurred in the early history of Rome, shortly after its foundation by Romulus and his mostly male followers. Seeking wives in order to found families, the Romans negotiated unsuccessfully with the Sabines, who populated the area. Fearing the emergence of a rival society, the Sabines refused to allow their women to marry the Romans; consequently, the Romans planned to abduct Sabine women.

 

Romulus devised a festival of Neptune Equester and proclaimed the festival amongst Rome's neighbours. According to Livy, many people from Rome's neighbours attended, including from the Caeninenses, Crustumini, and Antemnates, and many of the Sabines. At the festival Romulus gave a signal, at which the Romans grabbed the Sabine women and fought off the Sabine men. The indignant abductees were implored by Romulus to accept Roman husbands.

 

Romulus offered them free choice and promised civic and property rights to women. According to Livy he spoke to them each in person, "and pointed out to them that it was all owing to the pride of their parents in denying the right of intermarriage to their neighbours''. They would live in honourable wedlock, and share all their property and civil rights, and — dearest of all to human nature — would be the mothers of free men.

 

 

ROME 2010

comments (15)

  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 27 Aug 2010, 00:22
Well...you have done a very fine job of presenting this unique collection of rocks to us, SAVO...I love it!
SAVO: Thank you Ray. I am glad you do smile
  • Ginnie
  • Netherlands
  • 27 Aug 2010, 05:27
How does one assimilate such history, SAVO? (sigh) There's been worse, of course....

This reconstructed collection of stones amazes me. The time and effort of excavation...and to come up with this! But I can't tell if it's a wall mural or on the floor? Wall, I assume.
SAVO: I agree. Its actually on a wall. These chaps are masters at preservation smile
  • Chris
  • England
  • 27 Aug 2010, 05:56
This is compelling & fascinating stuff SAVO - thanks!
SAVO: Cheers Chris
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 27 Aug 2010, 06:40
Rape is rape. Permission was not part of the deal. Did Romulus think they had a choice - to walk back to where they came from? Different europe from today.

Great posting when it sets one thinking.
SAVO: I agree Louis.
Cheers
  • zed
  • Australia
  • 27 Aug 2010, 07:50
Too many places to visit, not enough time. Your photo journey has given us so much work through Savo...dont suppose you went to Athens as well smile
SAVO: Haha, nah no city hopping for me Tony, Rome was big enough on this occasion although I have plans to visit Athens one day. Cheers smile
Old Romulus wasn't such a bad bloke after all then. I really like this relief SAVO.
SAVO: lol. Cheers Chad smile
Interesting and enlightening text, Savo. I did not know the full story. Lovely image, to. How satisfying it must be to reconstruct these beautiful reliefs. (:o)
SAVO: Yes It was certainly worth the reconstruction.
Cheers Rosalyn
A history lesson and a beautiful wall. Where is this wall?
SAVO: Thank you Mary. the wall is in the CURIA in the Roman forum
  • Scarlet
  • The Netherlands
  • 27 Aug 2010, 12:01
Amazing, did you know that this practice of abduction to acquire a wife is still alive and well in certain parts of Eastern Europe!
SAVO: I am told. Its sad as that is very backward practice.
Excellent history Savo, super capture to go with it smile
SAVO: Thank you Linda
Thanks for the history and great shot to go with it
SAVO: Thank you kindly smile
  • JJ
  • United States
  • 27 Aug 2010, 20:35
Fantastic shot of this famous art work such detail and wonderful light
SAVO: Many thanks JJ
Wonderful, I don't find another word. I love it especially the light. A+ VAL smile
SAVO: You are too kind Val smile
  • Marcie
  • United States
  • 29 Aug 2010, 16:11
And every time I come here..I learn something new. Love the presentation - both words and image!
SAVO: Thank you for visiting Marcie
I love the fragmented look of this, like a jigsaw.
SAVO: A huge jigsaw that someone has tried to put back together smile

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