Lex Licinia Mucia

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For other Licinian laws, see Licinia (disambiguation).

Lex Licinia Mucia was a Roman law established in 95 BC by consuls Lucius Licinius Crassus and Quintus Mucius Scaevola Pontifex.[1] Its purpose was to remove certain groups not amalgamated into the Roman Republic (the so-called Latin and Italian allies) from the citizen rolls by prosecution of all citizens who falsely claimed to have Roman citizenship.[2]

This law caused widespread unrest,[3] and as a result some ancient commentators viewed it as a main cause of the later Social War of 91–88 BC.[4]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Sandys, John (2015). A Companion to Latin Studies. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. p. 809. ISBN 9781107497597. 
  2. ^ Gordon P. Kelly (24 July 2006). A History of Exile in the Roman Republic. Cambridge University Press. pp. 96–. ISBN 978-1-107-32077-2. 
  3. ^ Many sources; e.g. Cicero, Pro Sestio 30; Sallust, Histories 1.20M
  4. ^ Asconius, 67 Clark, commenting on Cicero's Pro Cornelio

External links[edit]

Duncan, Bradford (October 27, 2001). "Leges Certaminabiles". Archived from the original on 2009-08-06. Retrieved 2009-08-31.