Leges Genuciae

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Leges Genuciae (also Lex Genucia or Lex Genucia de feneratione) were laws passed in 342 BC by Tribune of the Plebs Lucius Genucius.

These laws covered several topics: they banned lending that carried interest, which soon was not enforced; they forbade holding two magistracies at the same time or within 10 years; and lastly, they required at least one consul to be a plebeian.[1]

The first time both consuls were plebeian was in 172 BC.[2][3] By then, that provision was the only one that continued to be enforced.

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  1. ^ Livy, Ab Urbe Condita, vii.42
  2. ^ Matthew Dillon; Lynda Garland (28 October 2013). Ancient Rome: A Sourcebook. Taylor & Francis. pp. 33–. ISBN 978-1-136-76143-0. 
  3. ^ Tim Cornell (6 December 2012). The Beginnings of Rome: Italy and Rome from the Bronze Age to the Punic Wars (c.1000–264 BC). Routledge. pp. 338–. ISBN 978-1-136-75495-1. 

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