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lex Voconia  

Ville Vuolanto

Online publication date:
Feb 2018
Subject:
Roman Law
The lex Voconia is a plebiscitum, named after the people’s tribune Q. Voconius Saxa, who proposed the bill before the concilium plebis (see comitia) in 169bce. It provides that testators of the first ... More

lex Cincia on gifts  

Peter Candy

Online publication date:
Feb 2018
Subject:
Roman Law
The lex Cincia, most likely a plebiscite of 204 bce, was a law that placed restrictions on the giving and receiving of gifts. It contained both an absolute prohibition on gifts made to ... More

children in Roman law  

Ville Vuolanto

Online publication date:
Feb 2018
Subject:
Roman Law
In the Roman world, the age limits connected to children were often flexible. Even in the case of legal liability, the ages were not rigid. In individual cases, children’s capacity to understand ... More

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
Subject:
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

Online publication date:
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
Subject:
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

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