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Summary of Book VI

THE book contains the victorious campaigns against the Volsci, the Aequi, and the Praenestini. Four tribes were added, the Stellatina, the Tromentina, the Sabatina, and the Arniensis. Marcus Manlius, who had defended the Capitol against the Gauls, after liberating the debtors and releasing those whose persons had been seized, was found guilty of aiming at sovereignty, and was flung from the Rock; to stigmatize him the senate decreed that none of the Manlian family should bear the name of Marcus.1 Gaius Licinius and Lucius Sextius, tribunes of the plebs, proposed a law that the consuls, who were formerly chosen from the patricians, might be elected from the plebs, and in a strenuous struggle against the opposition of the patricians, carried their point, after these same tribunes of the plebs had for five years been the only magistrates,2 and Lucius Sextius was the first plebeian to be elected consul. Another law was also passed, that none might hold above five hundred iugera of land.

1 Livy himself ascribes the decree to the Manlian gens (chap. xx. § 14).

2 Cf. Livy chap. xxxv. § 10.

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