Shakespeare was familiar with the greatest work of Titus Livius (59 BC - AD 17) which recounted the history of Rome from the landing of Aeneas in Italy and the founding of the city to the death of Drusus in 9 BC. The story of Lucrece is originally from Livy, as also the fable of the belly and the members, retold by Shakespeare's character Menenius in Coriolanus.