Four hundred years before Julius Caesar, Rome was a city-kingdom ruled by kings. The seventh king was the tyrant, Lucius Tarquinius Superbus, often called Tarquin the Proud. Wanting to subjugate the neighbouring towns, Tarquin insisted that they sign treaties with Rome, and those who refused, did so at the risk of war.
One such town was Gabii. It had refused to sign the Roman treaty, and when attacked, did not succumb to the might of Tarquin the Proud.
Tarquin hatched a plot and instructed his son, Sextus, to infiltrate Gabii. Pretending to be ill-treated by his father, Sextus sought asylum with the enemy. The people of Gabii welcomed the ‘wronged’ Roman prince with open arms. Once he had gained their confidence, Sextus sent a message to his father. ‘What next?’
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