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Otho, L. Roscius

A tribune of the plebs in B.C. 67, when he carried the law (lex Roscia) which gave to the equites a special place at the public spectacles, in fourteen rows or seats (in quattuordecim gradibus sive ordinibus), next to the place of the senators, which was in the orchestra. This law was very unpopular; and in Cicero's consulship (B.C. 63) there was such a riot occasioned by the obnoxious measure that it required all his eloquence to allay the agitation (Vell. Paterc. ii. 32; Ad Att. ii. 1).

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