Roman tribune who in 67 BC carried a very unpopular law giving the 'equites' a special place at public spectacles?
#72516. Asked by nibbles0011. (Nov 21 06 9:16 AM)
Otho proposed and carried the law which gave to the equites and to those persons who possessed the equestrian census, a special place at the public spectacles, in fourteen rows or seats (in quat-tuordecim gradibus sive ordinibus), next to the place of the senators, which was in the orchestra (Veil. Pat. ii. 32 ; Liv. Epit. 99 ; Dion Cass. xxxvi. 25 ; Cic.pro Mur. 19 ; Tac. Ann. xv. 32 ; Hor.Epod. iv. 15, Ep. i. 1. 62 ; Juv. iii. 159, xiv. 324). For those equites who had lost their rank by not possessing the proper equestrian census, there was a special place assigned (inter decoctores^ Cic. Phil. ii.|
18). This law soon became very unpopular ; the people, who were excluded from the seats whi?h they had formerly occupied in common with the equites, thought themselves insulted ; and in Cicero's consulship (b. c. 63) there was such a riot occasioned by the obnoxious measure, that it required all his eloquence to allay the agitation. (Cic. ad Att. ii. 1).
This L. Roscius Otho must not be confounded, as he has frequently been, with the L. Roscius who was praetor in b. c. 49. The latter had the cognomen of Fabatus [fabatus]. The Otho spoken of by Cicero in b. c. 45, may be the same as the tribune. (Cic. ad AM. xiii. 29, comp. xii. 37. § 2, 38. § 4, 42. § 1.)
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