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Jacques-Louis David, The Intervention of the Sabine Women, 1799, Oil on canvas, 12 feet, 8 inches x 17 feet and 3/4 of an inch or 3.85 x 5.22 m (Musée du Louvre, Paris) Speakers: Dr. Beth Harris and Dr. Steven Zucker   At this juncture the Sabine women, from the outrage on whom the war originated,  with hair dishevelled and garments rent, the timidity of their sex being overcome  by such dreadful scenes, had the courage to throw themselves amid the flying  weapons, and making a rush across, to part the incensed armies, and assuage their  fury; imploring their fathers on the one side, their husbands on the other, "that as  fathers-in-law and sons-in-law they would not contaminate each other with impious  blood, nor stain their offspring with parricide, the one their grandchildren, the other  their children. If you are dissatisfied with the affinity between you, if with our  marriages, turn your resentment against us; we are the cause of war, we of wounds  and of bloodshed to our husbands and parents. It were better that we perish than  live widowed or fatherless without one or other of you." The silence affects both the multitudes and the leaders. Silence and sudden suspension ensue. Upon this the leaders come forward in order to concert a treaty, and they not only conclude a peace, but form one state out of two.  Livy, The History of Rome tranlated by D. Spillan, London: Bohn, 1849: book 1, section 13,  page 19 . Created by Beth Harris and Steven Zucker.