A Tourist in Rome - Lucius Junius Brutus
|Death:||509 BC (battle)|
Lucius Junius Brutus was the founder of the Roman Republic by leading the revolt that overthrew the last of the kings of Rome, Lucius Tarquinius Superbus. He became one of the first consuls of the Roman Republic in 509 BC and was killed that year in a battle defending Rome against the forces of the king who were trying to retake Rome. The bust of him in the Capitoline Museum, 1st two photos below, are uncertain. It was only identified as being Brutus during the 16th century, so might be completely wrong. However since the bronze head had not been melted down since ancient times, it must have been a very important person. That bust was copied in marble after ancient times (3rd and 4th photos below) and now on display in the Terme di Diocleziano.