Evea our kinsman Gratidianus failed on one occa-1
sion to perform what would be a good man's duty:
in his praetorship the tribunes of the people summoned the college of praetors to council, in order
to adopt by joint resolution a standard of value for
our currency; for at that time the value of money
was so fluctuating that no one could tell how much
he was worth. In joint session they drafted an
ordinance, defining the penalty and the methods of
procedure in cases of violation of the ordinance, and
agreed that they should all appear together upon
the rostra in the afternoon to publish it. And while
all the rest withdrew, some in one direction, some
in another, Marius (Gratidianus) went straight from
the council-chamber to the rostra and published
individually what had been drawn up by all together.
And that coup, if you care to know, brought him
vast honour; in every street statues of him were
erected; before these incense and candles burned.
In a word, no one ever enjoyed greater popularity
with the masses.