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Lucius Sextius


Lucius Sextius

Lucius Sextius Lateranus was a Roman tribune of the plebs and is noted for having been one of two men (the other being Gaius Licinius) behind the Lex Licinia Sextia, permitting him in 366 BC to become what is often considered } {Documentation}

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Perhaps more remarkable than the actual law, is the degree to which Lucius Sextius and Gaius Licinius were able to disrupt the normal election of major magistrates (no curule magistrates were elected from 375 BC to 371 BC after which problems with the city of Velitrae prompted them to permit the elections) and therefore help to set the stage for the law that would lead to the resumption of the consulship but with a forced plebeian seat.

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  • Full Name: Lucius Sextius Sextus (filius) N. (nepos) Sextinus Lateranus

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