Episode 12 – The First Two Consuls
Rome gets to choose two Consuls, then they change their mind about one of their fresh Consuls-elect, and replace him with one of the most famous public servants ever – even today: Publius Valerius Publicola.
Hello, this is Abel, in Beijing, China. Welcome to my podcast.
The Tale of Rome, Episode 12 — The First Two Consuls.
Last week, we saw—finally, the final moments of the monarchy in Rome.
We saw how Tarquin the Proud got locked out of his own city, after the rebellion started by Lucius Brutus and Lucius Collatinus.
Without any soldiers left, and knowing that the gates of Rome would be blocked, he and the idiot of his son went into exile.
Today we will see how that exile of his went on, and what exactly happened after Romans got to taste their very first hours without kings.
The very first order of the Roman Senate was to publicly declare Tarquin as an Enemy of the State, and that Rome would never again be ruled by a king.
Neither the king nor his wife Tullia would ever be allowed to put their feet within the city of Rome, and here I want to add that Romans sent a very strong message for Tullia, as a persona non-grata in their city. Do not come back to Rome, as you have killed your own father, back in the time when nobody could do anything about it.
Even though that was decades ago, Romans did not forget.
I don’t know if you guys realized, but both these guys were relatives of the king Rome had just kicked out.
Excuse me? They kick a king out of their city, and they put two of his relatives as the first two Consuls of Rome?
Yep. Lucius Tarquinius Collatinus was the ex-king’s cousin, and Lucius Junius Brutus was the ex-king’s nephew.
That’s what I love about Rome. They kick each other, regardless of family lines, or family ties.
So much for family love!