nor exactly just, to deprive men of so many
possessions they had held so long, including their own trees, buildings, and
fixtures, a law was once Y.R.
387 passed with difficulty at the instance of the tribunes, that
B.C. 367 nobody should hold more than 500 jugera of this
th=sde th=s gh=s. "Of this
land," the public land (ager publicus), not
land in general. There has been much controversy over the question
whether the agrariangift. The word possessio in Roman law meant
not ownership, but a seizing or sitting upon land. A Possessor was a
squatter. The law referred to by Appian as having been formerly passed
with difficulty was the Licinian law, B.C. 367. The Roman jugerum was about two-thirds of an acre.
or pasture on it more than 100 cattle or 500 sheep. To ensure the observance
of this law it was provided also that there should be a certain number of
freemen employed on the fa