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[5] In this reward he thought that Vindicius ought to share, and therefore had a decree passed which made him, first of all freedmen, a citizen of Rome, and entitled him to vote with any curia in which he chose to be enrolled. Other freedmen received the right of suffrage in much later times from Appius,1 who thus courted popularity. And from this Vindicius, as they say, a perfect manumission is to this day called ‘ vindicta.’ 2

1 Appius Claudius Caecus, censor in 312 B.C.

2 Cf. Livy, ii. 5,10.

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