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Venning. A Chronology of the Roman Empire

Consuls: Marcus Valerius and Spurius Verginius. Lex Icilia on the distribution of illegally held land on the Aventine; it is to be distributed by lot among the plebeians. The law is named after a tribune and apparently enacted by the Assembly (i.e. by plebiscite) not by the consuls in the Senate as usual; its historicity and significance has thus been debated. There was a column in existence commemorating it by the time of the Greek historian Dionysius of Halicarnassus, arguing for its historicity.

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