Hersilia

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Hersilia from a detail of The Intervention of the Sabine Women, Jacques-Louis David (1799)

In Roman mythology, Hersilia was a figure in the foundation myth of Rome. She is credited with ending the war between Rome and the Sabines.

Battle of the Lacus Curtius[edit]

In some accounts she is the wife of Romulus, the founder and first King of Rome in Rome's founding myths. She is described as such in both Livy and Plutarch; but in Dionysius, Macrobius, and another tradition recorded by Plutarch, she was instead the wife of Hostus Hostilius, a Roman champion at the time of Romulus. This would make her the grandmother of Tullus Hostilius, the third king of Rome.

Livy tells this tale in his writing.[citation needed] I.xi:

Just like her husband (who became the god Quirinus), she was deified after her death as Hora, as recounted in Ovid, Metamorphoses 14.829–851:

Hersilia Separating Romulus and Tatius (1645) by Guercino

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  1. ^ Translated by B.O. Foster, Harvard University Press (1919).

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