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THE PRIDE OF TULLUS HOSTILIUS
 BY the victory of Horatius, the Albans became subject to
Rome, and were forced to help them in their wars.
Mettius, the Dictator, never ceased to hope that he
would yet be able to throw off the yoke of Rome.
So when Tullus summoned him to bring an army to help
the Romans in their battle against the Etruscans,
Mettius brought an army as he was bidden, but when the
battle was at its height, he secretly told his men to
give no aid to the Romans.
In spite of the treachery of Mettius, Tullus was
The Dictator, hoping that the king knew naught of his
deceit, boldly praised him for the victory he had won.
But Tullus knew that Mettius had done nothing to help
him win the battle, and so angry was he with his
treachery that he ordered him to be torn to pieces by
horses. Then the king ordered the Albans to be
disarmed, and after burning their city, he carried off
the people to Rome.
The Roman nobles, or patricians as they were called,
welcomed the Alban nobles to their city, while the
countrymen of Alba soon became friends with the common
people, or plebeians.
As in the reign of Romulus the Sabines and the Romans
became one, so now the Albans and Romans were united.
In this way the number of the citizens in Rome was
Encouraged by his victories, Tullus spent the rest of
his reign in wars with the Etruscans. His success,
 of making him humble, made him proud, and he grew
careless of the service of the gods. Moreover, he
neglected the wise and just laws made by the good King
Then, in sign of their displeasure, the gods sent a
plague among the people, and the king himself was
smitten with sickness. In his misery Tullus remembered
the gods and prayed. But Jupiter was angry, and sent a
shaft of lightning from the sky, which killed Tullus
and destroyed his house.
Tullus Hostilius reigned for thirty-two years, and
after his death, in 640 B.C., Ancus
Marcius, a grandson of Pompilius, became King of Rome.