Tarpeian Rock

[ tahr-pee-uh n ]
/ tɑrˈpi ən /


a rock on the Capitoline Hill in Rome, from which criminals and traitors were hurled.

Origin of Tarpeian Rock

1600–10; < Latin (mōns) Tarpēi(us) Tarpeian (hill) + -an
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British Dictionary definitions for tarpeian rock

Tarpeian Rock

/ (tɑːˈpiːən) /


(in ancient Rome) a cliff on the Capitoline hill from which traitors were hurled
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Word Origin and History for tarpeian rock

Tarpeian rock

rock face on the Capitoline Hill in Rome, from which persons convicted of treason were thrown headlong, from Latin (mons) Tarpeius "(rock) of Tarpeia," said to have been a Vestal virgin who betrayed the capitol to the Sabines and was buried at the foot of the rock. Her name probably is of Etruscan-Tyrrhenian origin.

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