Lars Porsena

~ 508 BC

Lars Porsenna was king of Clusium, an Etruscan town north of Rome. He was approached for help by Tarquin Superbus after he had been exiled from Rome. Porsenna agreed to raise an army and march against Rome, but he was held back by several heroic Romans. Eventually he treated with the Romans, and Tarquin was not restored to power.

Key events during the life of Porsenna:

508 BC
Besieges Rome
507 BC
Negotiates a treaty ending war with Rome

Other Resources

Story Links
Book Links
Lars Porsenna  in  Stories From Livy  by  Alfred J. Church
Life and Death Struggle  in  Stories from Ancient Rome  by  Alfred J. Church
Why the Romans Bore Pain  in  Tales of the Romans: The Children's Plutarch  by  F. J. Gould
Defense of the Bridge  in  The Story of the Romans  by  H. A. Guerber
Horatius  in  Famous Men of Rome  by  John H. Haaren & A. B. Poland
Horatius Cocles, or the One-Eyed  in  The Story of Rome  by  Mary Macgregor

Image Links

Mucius scaevola before Lars Porsenna
 in Stories From Livy

Mucius Defying Porsena
 in Greatest Nations - Rome

Short Biography
Tarquin Superbus Killed Servius and usurped throne, eventually overthrown but tried to regain throne by force.
Publicola Consul of Rome during the wars with Porsena.
Horatius Hero who held the Sublican Bridge against Porsena's entire army.
Mucius Scaevola Hero who burned his right hand to defy Porsena.