- a vestal virgin who betrayed Rome to the Sabines and was crushed under their shields when she claimed a reward.
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Examples from the Web for tarpeia
Tarpeia alone is her rival in infamy, and the end of both was the same.
And at last Tarpeia made a bargain, to betray her city to them.How to Tell Stories to Children
Sara Cone Bryant
Tarpeia buried under the shields and bracelets wasn't in it with us!The Brightener
C. N. Williamson
Shall we be buried under them like Tarpeia under the Sabine shields?On Books and the Housing of Them
William Ewart Gladstone
They had fulfilled their promise, but in a way the treacherous Tarpeia did not expect.The King's Cup-Bearer
Amy Catherine Walton
- (in Roman legend) a vestal virgin, who betrayed Rome to the Sabines and was killed by them when she requested a reward
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