The Oath of the Horatii (Jacques-Louis David)

The Oath of the Horatii (Jacques-Louis David)

The clash between Orazi and Curiazi it's a legend dating back to the dawn of Roman history that we all heard since the Elementary.

Only pure fantasy or may be some reference to actual events?

As almost always happens, even so the legend overshadows real events, though, wrapped as they are by the mists of time, not easily decipherable.

In this regard I wrote recently an article for the site that propose again below: enjoy the reading.


The Oath of the Horatii (David): particular

The Oath of the Horatii (David): particular

The clash in which they faced Orazi e Curiatii is a legend dating back to the earliest period of Roman history, the one we know least because of the scarcity and the lack of reliability of sources, heavily clouded by a halo of myth and fantasy that does not allow to orient in a certain and definitive about what is real and what is pure invention.

During the reign of Tullus Hostilius (VII a.C.), Roma came into conflict with the city of Alba Longa, against which he waged a war that threatened to not only drag on, but that was a serious act of impiety because of common descent from Romulus that both cities could boast.

So it was decided to entrust the fate of the clash to a duel only six involve, avoiding additional and unnecessary bloodshed.

In defense of Alba Longa triplets were chosen Curiatii, for triplets Rome Orazi, that would have faced the death fighting with the sword.

At the beginning, the Curiazi seemed to get the better, because they managed to kill just two Orazi reporting only minor injuries.

But just as the fate of Rome seemed now marked, the Horace survivor, that he could never do it face three opponents alone, decided to sneakily, and pretending the flight to Rome, certainly it would be chased, He managed to separate the opponents and finally killing them one by one.

Roma thus won, while rival Alba Longa was forced into submission.

So much for the legendary tale, but there are proven track record?

Like any other mythical story, also that of the duel between Orazi and Curiazi definitely hiding some truth.

L’archeology He has brought to light finds of Augustan it's a tomb of the Republican era that refer to the legend, but the elements available are too few to allow to trace in a timely and accurate at the legendary tale origins.

What we do know for certain is that the war between Rome and Alba Longa, really happened, was long and bloody, to the point that the defeated king of Alba, Mezio Mufezio, It was horribly torn apart by winners (Article adapted from: (Photo gives: e