- Lex Licinia Sextia
Lex Licinia Sextia was a Roman law passed in 367 BCE and took effect in 366 BCE. It restored the
consulship, allegedly reserved one of the two consular positions for a plebeian(though subsequent years did see two patriciansas consul), and introduced new limits on the possession of conquered land.
It is named for the plebeian tribunes
Gaius Licinius Stoloand Lucius Sextius Lateranus who held office in this year and promoted the legislation.
The law was championed for the
plebeiansin their struggle for power with the war-weakened patriciansduring what is often referred to as the Later Conflict of the Orders, following major wars with Gaul and the Latins. It combines agrarian and constitutional demands of the plebeians. Patricianconservative leader Marcus Furius Camillusmay have seen the law as a required concession. The law comes near the end of a period described as 'anarchy' (375 BC) during which no legitimate chief magistrates were elected at Rome. Some of the constitutional aspects of the bill were intended to address this and at the same time ensure more power for the plebeians.
The agrarian portions of the law may have been more form than substance, as it has been suggested they were easily evaded. The year following the passage of the law did see a plebeian stand for consul. Some historians present this as the first time plebeians as permitted to serve as consuls; others suggest that as many as 30% of the consuls in the early republic may have been plebeian. In any case, at this time there was fairly intense conflict between the orders and lex Licinia Sextia was a significant event in that conflict.
* It restored the
* It stipulated that one of the two yearly-elected
consuls should be from the plebeianorder.
* It limited grants and ownership of "ager publicus", "public land" conquered by the Roman army, to less than 500 iugera, or convert|320|acre|km2, for a single person. This was intended to prevent patricians from seizing all the "ager publicus", but in reality this law was ignored.
* It limited the number of sheep and cattle that can be kept on public pastures.
* Leges Liciniae Sextiae
* Lex Licinia
* Licinian Rogations
* The Licinian Laws
* Licinio-Sextian Rogations
* Lex de modo agrorum
* List of Roman Laws
Conflict of the Orders
* [http://web.upmf-grenoble.fr/Haiti/Cours/Ak The Roman Law Library, incl. "Leges"]
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