Frans Wouters, 1612-1659
Cloelia and her companions escaping from the Etruscans, n/d, oil on panel, 56×78 cm
* Cloelia is a legendary woman from the early history of ancient Rome. As part of the peace treaty which ended the war between Rome and Clusium in 508 BC, Roman hostages were taken by Lars Porsena. One of the hostages, a young woman named Cloelia, fled the Clusian camp, leading away a group of Roman virgins.
The Romans gave Cloelia an honour usually reserved for men: an equestrian statue, located at the top of the Via Sacra.