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The Rape of the Sabines, (painting)

Artist:
Unknown
Type:
Paintings
Exhibition Catalogs
Date:
1876
Notes:
Appears in exhibition catalog as entry no. 44
"The new city was thrown open to every stranger. Exiles and fugitive homicides, who commonly could only obtain leave to dwell as sojourners in a foreign land, even as runaway slaves and criminals, found a welcome. These fellows, however, wanted wives. Romulus tried to form treaties with the neighboring tribes, a measure necessary in Italy as well as in Greece, to render marriages with foreigners legitimate: but the wild suitors were regarded with dislike, and the dangerous horde they belonged to with distrust. The refusal was expressed insultingly. They who gave it fancied, as the haughty are wont to do, that the humbled party would feel conscious of deserving the rebuke for their presumption. Hence, they did not entertain any suspicion, when Romulus proclaimed that festive processions and games were to be held in celebration of the Consualia, and invited his neighbors, the Latins and Sabines, to attend them: for Rome stood where the territories of those two nations ran one into the other. A number of people came as to a fair; indeed, festivals of this kind were always fairs, and in Italy, as in Greece, and in the East, were under the safeguard of religion. but neither religion nor the laws of hospitality protected the deceived strangers: their maidens were carried off."--Niebuhr's Hist. of Rome, vol. I, P. 124. [P. 7.]
Albany Gallery of the Fine Arts, Incorporated 1846. Catalogue of the Second Exhibition. 1847. Albany: Printed by C. Van Benthuysen and Co. 1847.
Topic:
Cityscape
State of Being--Evil--Violence
History--Ancient--Rome
Figure group
Literature--Niebuhr--History Of Rome
Mythology--Classical--Sabine
Control number:
AECI 00590044
Data Source:
Pre-1877 Art Exhibition Catalogue Index

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