Lucrece lo͞okrēs´ [key] or Lucretia lo͞okrē´shə [key], in Roman legend, Roman matron, illustrious for her virtue. She was the victim of rape by Sextus, son of Tarquinius Superbus. Having enjoined her husband, Lucius Tarquinius Collatinus, and his friends to avenge her, she stabbed herself to death. The ensuing revolt drove the Tarquins from Rome (see Tarquin ).
See Shakespeare's Rape of Lucrece.
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