The cliff was named after Tarpea, who betrayed Romans and opened the gate for the Sabines and was killed by them for her treason. The Tarpean rock became the place of execution of traitors, who were flung down from the cliff.
© 2005. Photo: S. Sosnovskiy
© Text: GIOVANNI D’ANNA “LEGGENDE E TRADIZIONI DELL’ANTICA ROMA”, ARCHEO, N. 31, p. 28—29. Istituto Geografico De Agostini S.p.A. — Novara