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1 The ultimate fate of Cerrinius is not recorded.
2 This was the sum required for assignment to the first census-class.
3 The proposal to exempt Aebutius from his military obligations is genuine, so far as one can see, but nevertheless odd at this period, when military service was still a recognized part of the citizen's duty. It cannot be determined whether the exemption carried with it immediate eligibility to office, since Aebutius had no political ambitions.
4 B.C. 186
5 The assignment of an equus publicus (cf. xlii. 6 and xliv. 1 below and the notes) would make Aebutius liable to service and so cancel the exemption just granted. Service as a volunteer would be performed in the capacity of an eques equo publico.
6 The interests of a patronus in the property of his libertus were well protected by Roman law. Although the patronus of Faecenia was dead his interests survived, descending in this case to his gens, and the senate therefore bestows upon her the right to give away or otherwise alienate her property irrespective of gentile rights (datio may be synonymous with alienatio, the term employed by later jurists). The proposal of some scholars to understand capitis with deminutio, which would grant her the right to accept inferior civic status, seems to be self-contradictory. But it is not certain that Livy understood what he wrote.
7 The conditions surrounding gentis enuptio are only vaguely known. It is clear, however, that Faecenia is to have the maximum of privilege allowed to women.
8 A wife in manu might be granted this privilege by her husband's will. By the bestowal of these four rights Faecenia acquired a legal status at least not inferior to that of free women generally.
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