The guiding hand in the whole magistracy was that of Appius, thanks to the favour of the plebs; and so novel a character had he assumed,B.C. 451 that from being a harsh and cruel persecutor of the plebs, he came out all at once as the people's friend, and caught at every breath of popularity.This sentence and the reference to Claudius's years and honours in chap. xxxiii. § 3 seem inapplicable to a young man, and it is probable that the decemvir was, in reality, the consul of 471 B.C. (see II. lvi. 5), not the nephew of C. Claudius, as Livy thought (chap. xxxv. § 9), which would make him the son of the consul of 471.
Sitting each one day in ten they administered justice to the people. On that day he who presided in court had twelve fasces;Fasces is here equivalent to lictors. his nine colleagues were each attended by a single orderly. And while they maintained an unparalleled harmony amongst themselves —a unanimity sometimes prejudicial to the governed, —they treate<