Villius, Lūcius

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Tribune of the plebs in 180 bc (see tribuni plebis), passed the first law to stipulate minimum ages for tenure of each (curule) magistracy (42 for the consulship); see magistracy, roman. This law may have required an interval of two years between curule magistracies. Villius' measure probably aimed to regulate the number of men campaigning for higher office in any one year. The provisions of the lex Villia annalis remained largely unchanged until the Principate, when the minimum ages were lowered.

Subjects: Classical Studies.

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