Arruns Tarquinius (son of Demaratus)

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Arruns Tarquinius was the younger son of Demaratus of Corinth, who migrated to the Etruscan city of Tarquinii in the 7th century. He died shortly before his father, leaving his wife pregnant. When Demaratus died, he left no inheritance for his grandson, also named Arruns, who was thus born into poverty, although Demaratus had been wealthy. The child came to be called Egerius, meaning "the needy one."

Demaratus' elder son, Lucius, migrated to Rome, where he eventually rose to the throne as Lucius Tarquinius. After subduing the Latin town of Collatia, Tarquin placed his nephew in charge of the Roman garrison there. Egerius was the father of Lucius Tarquinius Collatinus, one of the first Roman consuls in 509 BC.

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  • Livy i.34.2
  • Livy i.57.6f
  • Livy, Ab Urbe Condita I.46-48, 59
  • Ovid Fasti 2.725ff.
  • Dionys, iii, 46
  • William Smith (ed) (1870), Dictionary of Greek and Roman Biography and Mythology, Vol 1 p. 378, #1.
  • The Early History of Rome: Books I-V of The History of Rome from Its Foundations By Livy, Aubrey De Sélincourt, Stephen P. Oakley, p. 72, ISBN 0-14-044809-8

Public Domain This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainChisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). "article name needed". Encyclopædia Britannica (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press.