Brennus, a king of the Gauls, after the wasting of
Asia, came to Ephesus, and there fell in love with a country girl, who promised him that for such a certain reward
in bracelets and other curiosities of value he should have
the use of her body, and that she would further undertake
to deliver up Ephesus into his hands. Brennus ordered
his soldiers to throw all the gold they had into the lap of
this avaricious wretch, which they did, till she perished
under the weight of it.—Clitophon in the First Book of
his Gallican History.
Tarpeia, a virgin that was well born, and had the keeping of the Capitol in the war betwixt the Sabines and the
Romans, passed a promise unto Tatius, that she would open
him a passage into the Tarpeian Mount, provided that he
would give her all the jewels that the Sabines wore, for a
reward. The Sabines hearing this crushed her to death—
Aristides's Milesius, in his Italic History.