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Valerius Volŭsus Maxĭmus

Marcus or Manius. A Roman who was dictator in B.C. 494, when the dissensions de nexis between the burghers and commonalty of Rome were at the highest. (See Nexum.) Valerius was popular with the plebs, and induced them to enlist for the Sabine and Aequian wars by promising that when the enemy was repulsed the condition of the debtors (nexi) should be alleviated. He defeated and triumphed over the Sabines; but, unable to fulfil his promise to the plebeians, resigned his dictatorship (Livy, ii. 30, 31).

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    • Livy, The History of Rome, Book 2, 30
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