In the legend of Lucretia tells Titus Livy about Sextus Tarquinius, the son of the last king Lacius Tarquinius of the Roman Empire, who fell in love with the virtuous Roman woman Lucretia. Her tragic fate and suicide contributed to the end of the Roman kingdom.  When Lucretia’s husband Lucius Tarquinius Collatinus was in the war, Sextus tried to seduce her but Lucretia was faithful and rejected him. Then, the king’s son Sextus brought Lucretia’s slave and threatened to kill them both. He was to arrange the dead bodies so that it looked as if she was caught in adultery with her own slave. To avoid the shame,
Lucretia allowed the king’s son to «rape» her. Lucretia told her father and husband what had happened, and then took her own life because she could not live with the shame. Lucretia relatives avenged this and rebelled, and it escalated so quickly that the king was driven from Rome to Etruria. Then, roman citizens formed a separate Roman Republic where Lucretia’s husband was, along with the rebel leader Lucius Junius Brutus, the first consuls of the new Roman Republic.