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date: 02 December 2020

lex Ogulnialocked

  • Kimberley Webb


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 and augural colleges (see collegium) that were exclusively reserved for plebeians. This increased the number of pontifices in office from four to eight and augures from four to nine. It has often been viewed in the context of the so-called Struggle of the Orders as one of the final measures that opened previously patrician roles to the plebeians, and the publication of the legis actiones and the religious calendar in 304bce by Cn. Flavius.2 Hölkeskamp, in what remains the seminal discussion of the plebiscite, proposed that this measure reflected the already established consensus between the patrician and plebeian orders.3Livy provides the only detailed account of the passing of the lex Ogulnia, with the exception of a cursory reference in .

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