Marcus Valerius the father, a man of proven worth and an ex-consul.
When they had named a dictator for the first time at Rome, and men saw the axes borne before him, a great fear came over the plebs and caused them to be more zealous in obeying orders. For there was no recourse in this case, as with the consuls, who shared the powers of their office equally, to the assistance of the man's colleague, nor was there any appeal nor any help anywhere but in scrupulous obedience.But in 300 B.C. a lex Valeria de provocatione gave the people the right to appeal from the dictator.
The Sabines, too, were inspired with fear by the appointment of the dictator, especially since they believed that it was on their account that he had been created.
Accordingly they sent legates to treat for peace. When they requested the dictator and the senate to pardon an error committed by young men, the answer was given that to pardon young men was possible, but not old men who contrived one