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Mezentius | This Etruscan king fought against Aeneas - according to the Aeneid, he was eventually killed by the Roman hero.

Numa Pompilius | According to legend, he was the second king of Rome (reigning after Romulus).

Numitor | Numitor was a king of Alba Longa and the father of the heroine Rhea Silvia.

Remus | Remus was the brother of Romulus; raised by the shepherd Faustulus and his wife Acca Larentia.

Rhea Silvia | A Vestal Virgin until she was deflowered by the god Mars, Rhea Silvia bore Mars the twins Romulus and Remus.

Romulus | According to legend, Romulus founded the city of Rome; he was the brother of Remus.

Silvius | The son of Aeneas and Lavinia.

Tanaquil | An Etruscan woman of noble lineage who played a part in Roman mythology.

Tarpeia | She betrayed Rome during the conflict with the Sabines - but in the end, she was punished for her treachery.

Turnus | A native Italian prince who opposed Aeneas; ultimately he was defeated by the Trojan hero.

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