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Let them neither make war upon one another themselves nor bring in foreign enemies nor grant a safe passage to those who shall make war upon either. Let them assist one another, when warred upon, with all their forces, and let each have an equal share of the spoils and booty taken in their common wars. Let suits relating to private contracts be determined within ten days, and in the nation where the contract was made. " 1 5. The Latin League This passage describes the relations of Rome and the Latin League while they were still independent allies, and the military command was sometimes held by a Latin general and sometimes by a Roman.

7), decided capital trials (see No. THE COMITIA CENTURIATA 54), voted for peace or war, and enacted laws (see Nos. 8, 17). As the voting was by centuries it was heavily weighted in favor of the rich, as explained in No. 6. c. To Servius Tullius was also attributed the organization of the population into districts ("tribes"), of which there were originally twenty, the town being divided into four, and the surrounding country into sixteen. The country districts were gradually increased to thirty-one as Roman territory expanded, making a total of thirty-five tribes.

C. the common people, the plebs, struck and would not return to the city and accept military service until they were allowed to elect their own "shop stewards," the tribunes of the plebs. The powers of the tribunes depended solely on the oath of the plebs to kill anyone who assaulted them ( cf. No. I 7). The curious limitations which this sacrosanctity involved are illustrated in No. I 2. ) but he could not summon the humblest citizen by a message, because he had no legal authority to give orders (imperium).

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