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lex Publilia Philonis  

Charles Bartlett

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Jan 2018
The lex Publilia Philonis of 339bce addressed two issues of importance for the functioning of the Senate. The first concerned the auctoritas of the body, and did away with the practice of senatorial ... More

lex Ovinia  

Charles Bartlett

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Jan 2018
The lex Ovinia, or more properly, the plebiscitum Ovinium, is a plebiscite that transferred the power to determine membership in the Roman Senate from the consuls or chief magistrates to the censors. ... More

tribunicia potestas  

T. Corey Brennan

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Oct 2017
Tribunicia potestas (tribunician power) refers to the rights granted to Rome’s tribuni plebis—including sacrosanctity, that is, personal inviolability while in office—and ... More

lex Ogulnia  

Kimberley Webb

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Aug 2017
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Roman Law
The lex Ogulnia or, more precisely, the Ogulnian plebiscite (see plebiscitum), promulgated in 300bce by the tribunes Q. Ogulnius and Cn. Ogulnius,1 created additional vacancies within the pontifical ... More

criminal law, Roman  

Andrew M. Riggsby

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Jul 2017
Subject:
Roman Law
“Crime” lacks a fully agreed definition across modern societies, but competing versions tend to stress notions like punishment, protection of public or collective interests, and a ... More

lex Poetelia Papiria  

Saskia Roselaar

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Jun 2017
Subject:
Roman Law
The lex Poetelia Papiria was a law that abolished the contractual form of nexum (debt bondage). Livy 8.28 dates the law to 326bce, during the third consulship of Gaius Poetelius Libo Visolus and the ... More

lex Hortensia  

Lorenzo Gagliardi

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Jun 2017
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Roman Law
Lex Hortensia was a law submitted for comitia approval in 287bce by the plebeian dictator Q. Hortensius. The law established that plebiscites would be valid for the entire Roman population and would ... More

lex Valeria de provocatione  

Saskia Roselaar

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May 2017
Subject:
Roman Law
Provocatio was a method for appealing the decision of a Roman magistrate. Provocatio could occur after a normal trial had been conducted in front of a magistrate with ... More

lex Claudia, 218 BCE  

James R. Townshend

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Apr 2017
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Roman Law
Sometimes referred to in scholarship as the plebiscitum Claudianum, the lex Claudia prohibited senators and their sons from possessing seafaring ships capable of carrying more than 300 amphorae. The ... More

leges Liciniae Sextiae  

Lorenzo Gagliardi

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Apr 2017
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Roman Law
The leges Liciniae Sextiae are a small set of four Roman legislative acts introduced in 367bce to regulate several matters1. They take their name from their proponents, tribunes of the plebeians C. ... More

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