From Tusculum, consul 280 bc, dictator (for elections) 246, died 243. As consul he celebrated a triumph over the Etruscan cities of Volsinii and Vulci and was active with his colleague against Pyrrhus. Pontifex from an unknown date, he became (between 255 and 252) the first plebeian pontifex maximus. As an early jurist, he was the first to admit members of the public to his consultations, thereby rendering jurisprudence a profession instead of a mystery (see lawyers, roman).
Subjects: Classical Studies.