E. Cobham Brewer 18101897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
King of the Laurentians, a people of Latium. According to Virgil, Latnus opposed Ænas on his first landing, but subsequently formed an alliance with him, and gave him Lavinia in marriage. Turnus, King of the Rutuli, declared that Lavinia had been betrothed to him, and prepared to support his claim by arms. It was agreed to decide the rival claims by single combat, and
Æneas being victor, obtained Lavinia for his wife.
Latinus (in Jerusalem Delivered), an Italian, went with his five sons to the Holy War. His eldest son was slain by Solyman; Aramants, going to his brothers aid, was also slain; then Sabinus; and lastly, Picus and Laurents, twins. The father now rushed on the soldan, and was slain also. In one hour the father and his five sons were all slain.