Ogulnius Gallus, Quintus

(269 bc)

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As tribune of the plebs (see tribuni plebis) together with his brother Gnaeus, in 300 carried a law, despite the opposition of Appius Claudius Caecus, by which the two major priestly colleges were to be shared between patricians and plebeians (see plebs). From then on five of the nine augurs, and four of the eight pontifices, were always plebeians. As curule aediles in 296, the Ogulnii used fines from usurers to set up a statue‐group of the infants Romulus and Remus beneath the teats of the she‐wolf; in 269, when Quintus Ogulnius was consul, this group appeared on the reverse of Rome's earliest silver coinage.

Subjects: Classical Studies.

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