The Lictors Returning to Brutus the Bodies of His Sons.
1789. Oil on canvas. 323 x422 cm. Louvre, Paris, France. More. [Order a Print]
Brutus, Lucius Junius
, nephew of the last Roman King Tarquinius the Proud, participated in revolt against his tyranny (see the related topic The Rape of Lucretia
) and after establishing of the republic was one of the first two Roman consuls.
Brutus’ two sons started a conspiracy to restore the monarchy. The plot was foiled and they were convicted and sentenced to death by their father.
See: Jacques-Louis David. The Lictors Returning to Brutus the Bodies of His Sons.
Bibliography: Titus Livy. The History of Early Rome
. The Easton Press. 1978.
Plutarch. Biographies of Outstanding Greeks and Romans
. Minsk. 1995