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8. c. (No. C. " 8. Cicero, de Republica, ll. 53-56 h WAS the same man, who in this respect preeminently deserved the name of Publicola, who carried in favor of the people the first law received in the comitia centuriata, that no magistrate should sentence to death or scourging a Roman citizen who appealed from his authority to the people. The pontifical books attest that the right of appeal had existed even against the decision of the kings; our augural books affirm the same thing. The Twelve Tables prove, by a multitude of laws, that there was a right of appeal from every judgment and penalty.

Through these meetings the matter was brought to this; that they allowed tribunes of the soldiers with consular authority to be elected from the patricians and plebs without distinction, but that with respect to the election of consuls no change should be made; and with this the tribunes were content, as were also the plebs. ) ing three tribunes with consular power. This being proclaimed, forthwith whoever had contributed to promote sedition by word or deed, more particularly men who had been tribunes, began to solicit support and to bustle about the forum as candidates; so that first despair of obtaining the honor because of the irritated state of the peoples' mind, then indignation at having to hold the office as colleagues of such persons, deterred the patricians; at length, however, being forced, they stood as candidates, lest they might appear to have relinquished all share in the government.

The fate of insolvent debtors under the Twelve Tables is set out in this extract. 13. Aulus Gellius, XX. 41-52 Tms DEGREE of faith our ancestors sanctioned, not only in public offices, but in contracts between private men, and particularly in the borrowing and interchange of money, for they thought this temporary relief to poverty, which every situation of life sometimes demands, would be ruined if the perfidy of debtors escaped without severe punishment; when therefore a debt was confessed or judgment was given, thirty days were allowed for the purpose of collecting money to pay it, and those days the ten commissioners called justi, as if a certain cessation of the law took place, during which time no legal suit could proceed against them.

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