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Turnus (tûrˈnəs) [key], in Roman legend, king of the Rutulians. In the Aeneid he is a spirited warrior. When his betrothed, Lavinia, daughter of King Latinus, was given to the Trojan Aeneas by her father, Turnus led a combined force of Latins and Rutulians against the Trojans. After several bloody battles, Turnus was killed by Aeneas.

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