Quintus Hortensius

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A plebeian who was appointed dictator to reconcile the orders after a debt crisis had provoked the final secession of the plebs to the Janiculum c.287 bc. He carried a lex Hortensia by which plebiscites (see plebiscitum) were to be binding on the whole people, and thus became indistinguishable from laws (see lex ). The measure gave the plebeian assembly the same unfettered legislative competence as the other assemblies (see comitia), and marked a decisive stage in the struggle of the orders.

Subjects: Classical Studies.

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