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In Roman mythology, the Horatii were a set of male triplets from Rome. During a war between Rome and Alba Longa during the reign of Tullus Hostilius (approx. 672-642 B.C.), it was agreed that settlement of the war would depend on the outcome of a battle between the Horatii and the Curiatii. The Curiatii were a set of male triplets who were from Alba Longa and of the same age as the Horatii. Roman mythology can be considered as two parts. ... Location within Italy The Roman Colosseum Rome (Italian and Latin: Roma) is the capital city of Italy and of its Latium region. ... Alba Longa was a city of ancient Latium in central Italy about 19 km (12 miles) southeast of Rome. ... Tullus Hostilius (673 BC- 641 BC, as it is said) was the third of the legendary Kings of Rome. ...

In the battle, the three Curiatii were wounded, but two of the Horatii were killed. The last of the Horatii turned to flee. The Curiatii chased him, but because they were wounded became spread out from one another, which allowed the Horatius to slay them one by one.

When the victorious Horatius returned carrying the spoils of victory, his sister cried out in grief because she realized the Curiatius she had been engaged to was dead. The Horatius killed his sister, proclaiming, "So perish any Roman woman who mourns the enemy." For the murder, he was condemned to death but was saved when he appealed to the people.

The legend might have been used as the reason why the condemned in Rome were allowed to appeal to the populace.

The main source of information regarding this tale is the "Ab urbe condita" by Titus Livius Titus Livius (around 59 BC - 17 AD), known as Livy in English, wrote a monumental history of Rome, Ab Urbe Condita, from its founding (traditionally dated to 753 BC). ...

The Horatii is also the name of a rock band from England.

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Horatii, in Roman legend, male triplets who represented Rome in a battle against Alba, which was represented by the Curiatii, also triplets.
The battle of the Horatii is depicted in a neoclassical painting by Jacques-Louis David.
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Instead he proposed single combats between a triplet of three brothers from Rome, the Horatii, and another set of male triplets, the Curiatii, who were citizens of Alba.
The story of the Horatii became a favorite for its celebration of stamina, courage against the odds, and willingness to die for one's country.
The Horatii preparing for combat were depicted in a neoclassical painting titled "The Oath of the Horatii" by Jacques-Louis David, housed in the Louvre, in Paris, France.
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