Was Sextus Tarquinius a king when he raped Lucrece (or was he just a prince, a son of the king Lucius Tarquinius) in The Rape of Lucrece?
Sextus Tarquinius was a prince, the third and youngest son of the last king of Rome, Lucius Tarquinius Superbus, when he raped Lucretia who was the daughter of Spurius Lucretius Tricipitinus and the wife of Collatinus.
Prince Sextus was greatly aroused by the beauty of Lucretia, and entered her chamber one night with a drawn sword. Lucretia was forced to yield before his evil design. After the rape, Lucretia informed her father and her husband of everything, and killed herself with a knife. The revolt that followed the rape of Lucretia and her suicide led to the end of Lucius Tarquinius's kingship and the beginning of the Roman Republic.