Once upon a time, in the year 59 B.C., there flourished a daughter of Imperial Rome. This daugh-ter was called Florentia, after the noble Roman warrior Fiorinus, who is said to have set up camp on the north banks of the Arno. In keeping with a common tale told of the origins of many great cities, Florence was said to be born out of a kind of fratricide. Legend holds that Fiorinus came to Etruria in defense of Caesar, leading an expedition against Caitilin, a Roman traitor hiding with his fellow conspirators in the Etruscan city Fiesole. Fiorinus was murdered during a surprise nighttime attack by Caitilin, and his death triggered an influx of Roman soldiers into the newly established camp along the Arno’s banks. Fiorinus became a hero on the order of Romulus—the city is named after him—and the villains received their due justice in 62 B.C. during the Battle of Pistoia.