The History of Rome, vol 2

From the Abolition of the Monarchy in Rome to the Union of Italy

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Author: Theodor Mommsen
Published: 1854
Language: English
Wordcount: 104,949 / 324 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 38.2
LoC Category: DG
Series: History of Rome
Downloads: 864
Added to site: 2004.06.30
mnybks.net#: 7961
Origin: gutenberg.org
Genre: History
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as lost in the case of the consul. It is true that the king was always in the Roman commonwealth subject, and not superior, to the law; but, as according to the Roman view the supreme judge could not be prosecuted at his own bar, the king might doubtless have committed a crime, but there was for him no tribunal and no punishment. The consul, again, if he had committed murder or treason, was protected by his office, but only so long as it lasted; on his retirement he was liable to the ordinary penal jurisdiction like any other burgess.

To these leading changes, affecting the principles of the constitution, other restrictions were added of a subordinate and more external character, some of which nevertheless produced a deep effect The privilege of the king to have his fields tilled by task-work of the burgesses, and the special relation of clientship in which the --metoeci-- as a body must have stood to the king, ceased of themselves with the life tenure of the office.

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